A heat wave is sweeping across the country, so that Météo France has placed ten departments on heatwave yellow vigilance this Tuesday afternoon.
A heat wave, exceptional in its precocity, will fall on France. “The latter will take place on Wednesday, with maximum temperatures between 35°C and 39°C. It will gradually reach the north of the country on Friday, with temperatures rising up to 35°C”, indicates Christine Lac, manager from the “forecast” office of Météo-France, during a press briefing on Tuesday. “These strong heats are already present in Spain and in the south west of France”.
Result: ten departments, including eight in the south-west, were placed on heatwave vigilance level 1 (yellow) from 4 p.m. These are Gironde, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers, Lot-et-Garonne, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Aveyron, Ardèche and Drôme.
The drought is expected to increase. “Soil humidity levels are very low, and are worthy of the end of July”, specifies Matthieu Sorel, climatologist at Météo-France.
“There have been 43 heat waves since 1947 in France. And we have seen more and more of them in recent years,” says the climatologist. “The impact of global warming is a reality in France. Heat waves are going to be more numerous, more intense, earlier and later.”
This episode of heat should end on Sunday thanks to a stormy deterioration, accompanied by a sharp drop in temperatures.
a #Heat wave intense and precocious takes place this mid-week. Friday: >30°C everywhere and loc. >40°C in a southwest quarter. vigilance #heat wave level 1 (yellow) are initiated this evening in the south of the country. Stay informed https://t.co/BeTAGzRLBH pic.twitter.com/vkv3JcGu7N
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