Weather alerts and warning
The official weather office, MeteoFrance has a web page with warnings and alerts which is updated in real time.
Flood levels for all the French waterways, rivers and canals are listed and updated in real time on the following site
Detailed weather information
Colder conditions (and snow) are located in the mountain regions of the Jura, Savoie, Pyrenees, Massif Central and Morvan regions.
The Mediterranean coast experiences very mild winters but very hot summers.
The North-West area, especially Brittany has higher rain falls than the rest of the country.
The "Mistral" is the most famous, blowing down the Rhone valley and the southern areas.
The "Tramontane" blows from the north-west to the south east below the mountains of the Pyrenees.
The "Autan" is the opposite to the Tramontane blowing from the south-east, coming in from the Mediterranean sea.