France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes was battered by tennis ball-sized hail on Saturday. You can check out the size of the hailstones in photos and videos from social media. The footage from Loire shows a swimming pool ‘boiling’ due to the hailstones falling into the water.
Earlier, the French national meteorological service Meteo France put 20 departments of the country on orange alert (second-to-worst level). According to meteorologists, July 6 set a record for the number of recorded lightning strikes. A total of 73,700 lightning strikes were observed on Saturday, and most of them were recorded in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
The storm is over now, and the orange alert was cancelled. No casualties were reported. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is located in the east of the country and comprises 13 departments with an administrative center in Lyon. It resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes (named after the Rhône River and the French Alps).