Paris faces one of its worst heat waves in over a century, with average daily temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) over a seven-day period and peaking at 39 degrees on Sunday , according to the forecaster.Meteo France.
The hot weather will last until the middle of next week, creating the worst heatwave conditions in the French capital since the scorching 2003 that lasted 10 days, Météo-France meteorologist François Jobard said in a report.tweet Friday.
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“Apart from 2003, the capital is therefore entering its most terribly hot week since 1873,” said Jobard.
The prefect of the Paris region, the main administrative official, declared a heatwave alert on Thursday, activating measures such as the delivery of ventilators to vulnerable people and the distribution of bottled water to the homeless. After the 2003 heat wave killed around 15,000 people in France, the country implemented a “heat wave plan” to limit the impact of heat episodes.
The city of Paris launched a free app called Extrema Paris last year that allows Parisians to locate green spaces, swimming spots, churches and more.cool places.
Météo-France declared a heatwave alert for about half the country, with temperatures in the southwest forecast locally to exceed 40 degrees on Friday, before temperatures started to drop again on Saturday.
Heat waves in France have become more frequent and intense over the past 30 years, and climate change means that their number and duration are expected to increase further in the 21st century,according to Météo-France. The country is already experiencing exceptionally warm weather, recording its 14th consecutive month of above normal temperatures in July and thehottest period from January to July since 1900.