Kitesurfer killed after ‘mini-tornado’ picks him up and throws him at restaurant window

The 31-year-old was killed when a “mini-tornado” hit Villers-sur-Mer in France on Saturday, with erratic weather patterns causing chaos along the Côte Fleurie between Ouistreham and Deauville

The freak weather pattern wreaked havoc on the Normandy coast

A kitesurfer has died after a “mini-tornado” threw him against the window of a seaside restaurant.

Three more people were rushed to hospital after gale-force winds swept along the French coast of Normandy on Saturday.

The erratic weather pattern caused chaos along the Côte Fleurie, between Ouistreham and Deauville.

The 31-year-old kitesurfer died in the commune of Villers-sur-Mer, near Deauville.

Thierry Granturcom, the mayor of Villers-sur-Mer, said: “The wind was blowing more and more and ended with a mini-tornado.

“We had communication with Météo France who informed us that they could not have anticipated this kind of mini-tornado.

A 31-year-old kitesurfer died after high winds threw him against a restaurant window



The extreme weather surprised meteorologists



“We knew we were going to get high winds, they were announced at the end of the evening, even at night, but we didn’t think they would be so violent and at 8.30pm”

The locals were enjoying the unseasonably warm weather when the “mini-tornado” hit the beach.

However, the European heat wave has now come to an abrupt end, with temperatures in the UK expected to drop today before more thunderstorms arrive.

The locals were enjoying the warm weather when the high winds hit



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People across the country enjoyed scorching temperatures this weekend, reaching a peak of 32.7°C on Friday.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a level two warning for southern and central England, warning people that the heat could affect their health.

But tonight, parts of the country were hit by thunderstorms and more rain is forecast for tonight.

People in parts of the south were told late last night to stay indoors if possible to avoid a “huge cluster” of thunderstorms.

The Met Office said most of the country can expect dry but cloudy conditions, with some sunny spells for most of the day and temperatures just over 20°C.

But heavy rain is expected across southern England tonight.

Met Office presenter Simon Partridge said: “It’s been a mostly dry and sunny start to the day on Sunday.

“There is always a risk of rain on the south coast of England. In Northern Ireland and Scotland the showers will decrease during the day and elsewhere it will be mainly dry, with plenty of sunny periods all around.

“The temperatures will rise to below 20 degrees there and it will feel quite pleasant.

“It will remain that way as we go into the evening, when we will see more sunny spells.

“But Sunday evening we will see even more rain begin to pour into South and South West England, with the risk of a strange rumble of thunderstorms.”

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