Heat wave in France: 37 departments on orange alert

Of the hundred departments of France, thirty-seven, the majority on the Atlantic coast, are on orange heat wave alert for Sunday due to the heat wave that is hitting the country, Météo France announced in its morning bulletin. , who retired. the Eastern Pyrenees.

Meteorologists had added 22 new departments on Saturday under this flag, which recommends that the inhabitants of the areas in question be “very helpful”: Ariège, Aveyron, Cantal, Corrèze, Dordogne, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Sarthe, Mayenne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Côte d’Armor, Morbihan, Finistère , Maritime Alps, Hautes-Alpes, Isère, Savoy, Haute-Savoie. They had been added to the sixteen departments of the Southwest and Southeast that had already been there for several days: Gers, Landes, Lot, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Haute-Garonne , Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Orientales, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne and Vaucluse. As well as Andorra.

On Sunday morning, Meteo France removed the Pyrénées-Orientales. The weather watch scale has three alert levels: yellow (careful), orange (be very attentive) and red (absolute vigilance).

The episode of strong heat, which should last at least until the beginning of next week, mainly affected Aquitaine, Occitanie, the Rhone Valley and Provence with highs between 35 and 39 degrees on Saturday, including 40 degrees locally. Highs in these regions are expected to reach 35-40 degrees on Sunday with temperatures reaching 41 degrees locally in the Southwest. Saturday’s maximum temperatures were recorded in the southwest: 35.9 °C in Bordeaux-Mérignac, 36.7 °C in Agen and 38 °C in Aiguillon, 38.2 °C in Montauban, 38.2 °C in Toulouse -Blagnac and 39.2°C in Revel, 38.6°C in Albi, 38.8°C in Mont-de-Marsan and even 40.7°C in Bélis in the Landes. “The increase in temperatures continues, particularly in the southwest, where values ​​close to 40°C will often be reached. Sunday, Meteo France said in its 06:00 bulletin. “The minimum temperatures, so far quite mild, will generally be higher than in recent days.“.”High temperatures will also spread to the northwest. Therefore, the Breton departments will often experience 34/35 °C or more.”Meteorologists warned.

No doubt records will be broken

According to them, “Monday will mark the culmination of this heat wave episode on the western side of the country with sometimes remarkable values: 40°C will often approach, reach or exceed“.”No doubt records will be broken“, they anticipated”.On Tuesday, the significant drop in temperatures by the Atlantic is confirmed. High temperatures will persist in the eastern half of France. A stormy deterioration is expected, especially marked at the end of the day from the Massif Central to the Grand-Est“, specified Meteo France.

Heat wave monitoring is likely to persist in these regions.”particularly around the Rhone Valley“. This heat wave affects all of Western Europe, causing forest fires such as in the southwest of France, in Spain or in Portugal. In the United Kingdom, the meteorological agency issued the first “red alert for extreme heat” in the history of the country .

Temperatures could exceed 40 degrees there, for the first time since the start of weather measurements. The last heat wave in July dates back to 2019 and was exceptionally intense with average temperature records. France had thus experienced its hottest day since the start of the measurements with 29.4 °C on July 25 (tied with August 5, 2003), as well as its hottest night, with an average of 21.4 °C. C, the night of July 24 to 25. .

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