Many regions of France on “orange alert” as mercury skyrockets

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People walk along the Seine as a heat wave rolls over Paris, France, July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France put 29 regions on Friday, including Ile-de-France – the great Paris region, under orange alert on heatwave until Saturday morning Photo: Xinhua

The French meteorological agency Meteo France put 29 regions on Friday, including Ile-de-France – the greater Paris region, on orange alert in the event of a heatwave until Saturday morning. “A very intense heat peak is currently affecting the country … Temperatures broke records yesterday, especially in the southwest with up to 41.9 degrees Celsius in Socoa,” said the national weather service.

“Today, temperatures have cooled considerably on the Atlantic coast, but will reach very high values ​​over most of the country,” he added.

A heat wave engulfs the north, center and southwest of the country where the mercury will reach 40 degrees, forecast Météo France.

It is recommended that people avoid physical exertion, stay cool, and drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day to reduce the risk of heat stroke.

Météo France has also issued a warning for severe storms likely to cause significant local damage, placing these regions on “orange” alert – the second highest level of alert, and urging residents to be vigilant.

Exceptionally warm temperatures last year brought record temperatures in most regions of France to 43 degrees in late June and July, forcing the government to activate a level 3 heatwave action plan. Have been installed in municipal buildings, swimming pools have been opened for night-time swimming, and garden parks have been left open after dark to help people cool off.

France, where the average temperature is 19.9 degrees for the period June-August, experiences more intense and frequent heat waves due to climate change.

The frequencies of the heatwave would double by 2050 unless concrete and urgent measures are taken to fight against global warming, according to French climatologists.

A man reads a book by the Seine as a heatwave rolls over Paris, France, July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France put 29 regions on Friday, including Ile-de-France – the great Paris region, under orange alert on heat wave until Saturday morning.Photo:Xinhua

People cruise the Seine as a heat wave rolls over Paris, France, July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France on Friday put 29 regions, including Ile-de-France – the greater Paris region, under orange alert on heat wave until Saturday morning.Photo:Xinhua

A woman reads a book by the Seine as a heatwave rolls over Paris, France, July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France on Friday put 29 regions, including Ile-de-France – the great Paris region, under orange alert on heat wave until Saturday morning.Photo:Xinhua

Girls play next to the Seine as a heat wave rolls over Paris, France on July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France put 29 regions on Friday, including Ile-de-France – the large Paris region, under orange alert on heat wave until Saturday morning.Photo:Xinhua

A couple is resting on the banks of the Seine as a heatwave rolls over Paris, France, July 31, 2020. French meteorological agency Meteo France put 29 regions on Friday, including Ile-de-France – the greater region Paris, under orange alert on heat wave until Saturday morning.Photo:Xinhua

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