Heat and storm alerts persist as the weather gets warmer next week


At the time of writing, Ardèche and Drôme are on orange alert for heat, Météo France said, after two days of intense temperatures of up to 41 ° C across much of central-eastern France. France.The heat peak was recorded on Friday July 31, the forecaster said, with temperatures slightly lower on Saturday. Short, severe thunderstorms were forecast overnight, with rain and high winds up to 130 km / h, and even hail.

Temperatures will continue to stay lower – at least, around 22-30 ° C – today, Monday and Tuesday (August 2, 3 and 4), due to cooler ocean air coming in from the north -Where is.

More heat and humidity next week

But the heat is expected to increase further on Wednesday (August 5) due to the heat from North Africa.

This new “peak heat” is expected to last four to eight days, bringing lasting temperatures of 33 to 39 ° C.

Plus, in addition to the high temperatures, humidity levels should also be high, which means the weather will likely be even hotter than it actually is.

Pascal Scaviner, forecast manager at forecaster Weather Channel, explained: “If we take the average temperature of 36 ° C with dry air, or a humidity level of 30%, your body will feel a temperature of 40 ° C.

“On the other hand, if you take the same temperature with a much higher humidity rate of 60%, your body will feel a temperature of 50 ° C, a real discomfort. [that is] a health hazard. “

Fire hazard

The heat alerts come after hot weather hit France at the end of this week, bringing new heatwave and storm warnings, as well as warnings about the risk of forest fires.

It follows a forest fire in Anglet – in the Basque Country, near the Spanish border – which destroyed more than 165 hectares before being brought under control.

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