Heat Wave: Meteo France Places 4 Departments on Red Alert, Records Beaten

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Meteo France places 4 departments on red alert for heat wave

Meteo France has placed the Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard and Vaucluse on red alert at the heat wave Thursday 27th June 2019.

This is a first since the beginning of this hot episode that strikes the country since the beginning of the week. Meteo France has placed four departments in red alert this Thursday 27th June 2019 in its bulletin at 4pm.

These are Hérault, Gard, Bouches-du-Rhône and Vaucluse. In addition, 76 other departments are still in orange alert with the entry of the Orne (61) and Pyrénées-Orientales (66).

“Absolute records” on Friday

“Friday afternoon, on the Gard, Vaucluse, Hérault and the north of Bouches-du-Rhône in vigilance red heat wave, the heat will be exceptional: we will reach frequently 42 to 45 degrees and absolute maximum temperature records could be beaten, “warns Meteo France.

The previous record of maximum temperature dates back to August 12, 2003, with 44.1 ° C and was recorded in Saint-Christol-lès-Ales and Conqueyrac, Gard. “To beat this record as early as the year would be exceptional,” notes forecaster Christelle Robert.

“In accordance with the provisions of the national plan #Canicule, the prefects of the departments placed in #VigilanceRouge by @meteofrance activate their departmental operational centre to coordinate the activities of the services of the State”, indicated the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner on Twitter.

Peak electricity consumption

Temperatures that does not finish climbing since the beginning of the week: this Thursday, “we could reshuffle the national record (average temperature, ed) for a month of June, already beaten” Wednesday, according to Meteo France . At 15h on Thursday, “temperatures above 35 degrees south of a line Saint-Nazaire Saint Dizier” were noted. The highest with 38 to 40 degrees are observed on the east of Occianie (38.4 degrees in Toulouse-Blagnac, 39.2 degrees in Albi), on the Center and Auvergne (38 degrees in Bourges, 39.3 degrees in Montlucon) and on the south of the Rhone Valley and the interior of Provence (38.6 degrees at Carpentras, 39.6 degrees at Entrecasteaux).

summer peak electricity consumption was reached at 12:40 with 59,460 megawatts, almost as much as the seasonal record of June 22, 2017 (59,500 MW).

“My concern is that today we are seeing an increase in the number of calls to the SAMU, SOS doctors, the number of emergency calls. The organizations are beginning to suffer, “said Health Minister Agnès Buzyn on France 2. Wednesday, the volume of activity of emergencies remained normal, according to the AP-HP.

School closures

Children are particularly watched. Municipalities closed primary schools, others asked parents who could keep the children at home.

“225 municipalities have made the decision to close all or part of their schools,” said the services of Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer visiting an elementary school in Colombes in the Paris region.

“I received a message that because of the heat wave on the 27th and 28th, the school will be closed … I do not have any (solution) at the moment. Maybe my sister, but otherwise I will not work during the two days, “says Fatima, mother of a student CP in Lyon, with AFPTV.

The college brevet tests originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday had already been postponed until early next week.

Saturday, the regions north of the Seine could live their hottest day of the episode with between 38 to 39 ° C in Paris and 34 ° in Lille, for the moment spared.

“It will be necessary to wait for the day of Sunday so that more temperate air arrives by the north-west of France,” says Météo France.

“Cool breaks” at the World Cup?

Agnès Buzyn renewed the instructions “vis-à-vis all the public” in order to “avoid unnecessary deaths and unnecessary emergencies”.

She called on those who are “in denial of this extreme heat” to avoid “risky behaviours” such as “jogging between noon and 2pm”, “leave the kids in the car for a quick run” or “without a cap.” outside “.

In part of the country, from Ile-de-France to the Grand-Est (with the exception of the Ardennes) and Rhône-Alpes, this heat wave is accompanied by ozone pollution, which is irritating to the lungs.

Thursday, the differentiated circulation was renewed in Paris and Lyon, and was set up in Marseille, a first, and in Strasbourg. It will be renewed Friday in the capital.

The Marseillais “are very surprised, they have the impression to fall from the closet”, while the differentiated traffic was announced the day before, notes Rémy Bissonnier, police captain present on the scene of the control, for whom “the environmental day in Marseille, it is today “.

Same thing in the Nord-Isère where many motorists fell from the clouds on learning that they had to hold the vignette – of any class – to circulate there. “I did not hear that it was necessary to have this vignette here”, irritates Valérie Rouchier, a nurse of 52 years.

SNCF has announced a slowdown of traffic on some lines due to the risk of deformation of catenaries and tracks.

The Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume announced to him to ban for a few days the transport of the animals.

A heat wave that could also have repercussions on the progress of matches of the Women’s World Cup. “Cool breaks” of 3 minutes could be triggered during the quarterfinals starting Thursday night.

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