This month of July 2022 could be the driest on record since the 1950s. As La Chaîne Météo reminds us, no less than 90 French departments are affected by water restrictions on at least part of their territory, “a phenomenon unprecedented so early in the season”.

This exceptional situation can be explained by several factors, starting with a winter with little rain, an extremely dry spring, regular periods of heat, the earliest heat wave ever recorded in June and a very dry month of July as well.

There is 0mm of cumulative rain in Nice, Nîmes and Marignane, and only 1mm in Perpignan, Rennes, Bordeaux, Agen or Bastia. The national rainfall deficit stands at -89%.

The site specializing in meteorology makes rather pessimistic forecasts, at least until August 10: “If we except a few stormy showers near the reliefs, we are still not expecting significant rains in France”, deplores-t -he.

Indeed, occasional thunderstorms are expected in a few departments of France from the night of Thursday July 28 to Friday July 29, 2022, and could last all day. Unfortunately, these isolated thunderstorms “will not reverse the trend of permanently dry weather”.

Where could the thunder roar this weekend? Check it out in our slideshow below. The information provided is based on Météo France forecasts for Thursday July 28, 2022 at 8 a.m. and is subject to change.