A heat wave advances in France

(Bordeaux) Temperatures between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius over the entire southern half of the country, the heat wave coming from Spain advanced on Wednesday, but the worst was yet to come with Mercury still having to panic when crossing the 40 degree bar locally on Friday.

Posted at 8:39 pm
Updated at 3:42 PM.

Natalie Alonso with AFP offices
France media agency

A sign of this deterioration, Météo-France has activated an orange “heat wave” alert for 23 provinces in a large southwestern quarter, from Anjou to the Pyrenees, not to mention a heat island in Drôme/Ardèche, according to the latest Meteorological-France Point.

Following the mass of hot air from the Maghreb through Spain, the maximum fluctuated at 3 pm between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius in the south of the country, according to Météo-France. And this is only the beginning.

“From Friday, we are witnessing a mercury panic, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius regularly in the southwest and accessible as far as the Loire, as in the Rhone Valley,” warns Olivier Proust, forecasting expert at Météo-France.

“Saturday is expected to be the height of the heat wave, with temperatures ranging between 35 and 39 degrees Celsius fairly generalized over much of the region, from the Garonne to the northeast through the Rhone Valley, the Parisian region, and the center of the Val-de-Loire.”, Tristan’s uncle, another forecaster in Météo-France insisted.

Météo-France had estimated on Tuesday that only a handful of departments could be put into the orange vigil, but “this adjusted upwards, we’re starting with a more pessimistic scenario that leads to warmer temperatures than we expected yesterday (Tuesday),” to the agency. France Press.

Heat waves are attributed to global warming all over the world, including in France where this episode is unprecedentedly early, and earlier, prior to the events of 2017 and 2005 that began on June 18.

Mr Prost warns that this heat wave “has an aggravating effect on soil drying” after particularly dry spring and winter and increases “the risk of forest fires”.

In the southeast, the Vaucluse department has been put on alert for ozone pollution – pollution caused by the chemical transformation of other pollutants in the surrounding air, under the influence of solar radiation – and will be the Bouches-du-Rhone on Thursday.

In Ile-de-France, the ONF warned of the high risk of wildfires and called for “vigilance”, given the heat combined with the large influx of pedestrians in June.

“It has become unlivable!”

In this stifling context, more than 500,000 secondary students worked for four hours on the terrible philosophy test, equipped with plenty of water, in bottles and atomizer, as at the Lycée Général Victor-Louis in Talence, on the outskirts of Bordeaux, where examination rooms were set up “on The North Face”, hidden from the scorching sun.

Here the staff has been “very careful to select fresh, airy foods since 5:30 a.m. (Wednesday),” notes Ann Pisani-Four, dean of the Purdue Academy.

At his university residence in Toulouse, Gabriel, 19, found the atmosphere “unbearable”. “I can’t even open the only window in my 20-meter apartment.2 Because it overlooks a garden with a lot of insects. Aerating the bathroom did not work for three days.”

The same annoyance as Louis Laerac, 23, an industrial maintenance apprentice in the Pink City. “With the blouse, the safety shoes, they become unlivable,” he asserts.

In the face of temperatures that put bodies to the test, some companies are adapting by adjusting working hours, particularly in the construction industry, explains Emmanuel Corbe, at a construction site in Toulouse.

“Our infrastructure is suffering because we have a temperature-related expansion phenomenon in both the railways and the chain,” notes Thierry Rose, SNCF Regional Director of Infrastructures at Bordeaux-Saint-Jean station, where 51.7 °C was recorded on the railway level during the day.

For their part, local communities are ramping up measures to relieve residents. In Bordeaux, the foggers will be installed “in places in the city like furnaces,” notes EELV City Council Health and Seniors Associate Sylvie Gustome.

In Lyon as in Bordeaux, two ecological municipalities, we have extended the opening hours of parks and gardens. In the Tarn region, the mayor of the village of Saint-Benot-de-Carmaux has decided to close the municipal school on Thursdays and Fridays, with daycare service being offered.



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