Heat wave: Orange Alert Extended to 65 Departments

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Orange alert for heat wave extended to 65 departments in France

Meteo France has extended its orange alert for a heat wave to 65 departments on Tuesday 25th June 2019

The heat wave is gradually gaining ground. In its last bulletin published at 16h, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Météo France has extended its orange vigilance to 65 departments . They were 53 before.

Concentrated since Monday in the east of the country and the Paris basin, the heat wave extends towards the south and the west.

The twelve additional departments concerned by the orange alert are: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Ardèche (07), Aveyron (12), Haute-Garonne (31), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Lozere (48), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53) and Sarthe (72) and Vaucluse (84). Only coastlines escaping the alert.

Read also: The heat wave settles: 53 departments in orange alert

Already a peak at 38.9 ° C in Carpentras

Peaks were recorded in Carpentras with 38.9 ° C, a monthly record, in Aix-en-Provence with 37.2 ° C and Vichy with 35.7 ° C, according to Météo-France. Chamonix was close to its record of absolute heat (36.4 ° C), while Val d’Isère equalled its record with 28.3 ° C recorded at 1800 meters altitude.

In the big cities, it was 36 ° C in Strasbourg, 35 ° C in Lyon, Clermont and Nancy, 34 ° C in Toulouse, 33 ° C in Paris and 31 ° C in Lille.

Wednesday, the heat should still rise a notch. Météo-France forecasts 40 ° C and a little more in the Limousin, the Perigord, the valleys of the Massif Central, alpine and Rhone, to the gates of Provence. More heat records are expected locally.

In the south and along the Loire, the temperatures will oscillate 35 and 38 ° C.

Thursday should be the warmest day at the national level, but extreme temperatures are expected Friday in the Languedoc and Provence regions.

“Maximum temperatures in much of the country will rise to between 35 and 40 degrees on Wednesday, then reach 38 to 41 degrees in the warmest of the episode Thursday to Friday.”

The end of the episode is envisaged Sunday.

Characteristic of heat waves, the nights are hot, with temperatures that will not go below 19 ° C to 23 °, even 25 in large cities. In Paris, it was 22.6 ° C Tuesday at 5am. Above 20 ° C, meteorologists speak of “tropical night”.

Alternate circulation, brevet deferred

While the peaks of ozone pollution are favoured by the heat, the Minister of Ecological Transition François de Rugy announced a reform of the triggering of differentiated traffic in Ile-de-France, “automated” in case of exceeding the limit thresholds for air pollutants.

This new device could be tested very quickly since the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo asked the prefect of police this differential circulation for Wednesday, which according to Airparif should see the “threshold of information of the public” reached for the pollution to the ozone.

On Monday, the government announced the postponement of a few days of the college brevet tests that were to take place on Thursday and Friday, to “ensure the safety of students.”

Peaks everywhere

From the middle of the week, records will be established for a month of June or “locally all months”. The hottest day will be Thursday or Friday.

The heat wave, which involves at least three days and three nights beyond a certain temperature threshold (different depending on the region), should extend beyond the weekend at least over a large half of the south-east, according to Météo-France. No region should be spared, including the northwest at the end of the week.

“Heat islands”, cities suffer particularly, because of concrete soils, the lack of trees and the intensity of human activities.

The authorities remind people of the need to drink water regularly, to wet the body and to protect the skin. The information platform “Canicule info service” is available on 0800 06 66 66 (toll-free number).

Everywhere we organize, including spectators and teams of the Women’s World Cup (caution messages to the first, special drinks for the seconds).

Farmers must be vigilant for the health of their animals. Others fear that drought will affect fodder.

For SNCF and RATP, this heat involves closely monitoring equipment and infrastructure, including power cables, catenaries and tracks.

In the building industry representatives announced the shift in the hours of workers.

Cafeterias, on the other hand, smile, with a foreseeable increase in turnover of at least 30%.

Consumption of electricity will be “important”, has already warned the manager of the high voltage network RTE, which expects a “potential peak of summer consumption Thursday at 13h,” without fear, however, a supply disruption.

With global warming, scientists anticipate heat waves two to three times more numerous by mid-century.

Read also: Heat wave: some tips to protect yourself from the heat

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