After enjoying a weekend of respite under the blazing sun, France is ready for another heat wave this week, forecasters predict temperatures will rise to 40 ° C in the south.
The sun and heat are returning to France this week, with nine departments already placed on orange alert – the second highest alert – for heat waves by the country’s national meteorological agency, Meteo France.
The departments concerned are Ardèche, Drôme, Pyrénées-Orientales, Rhône, Alpes-Maritimes, Gard, Hérault, Isère and Vaucluse.
Residents of these areas are advised to be extra vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather conditions. The alerts were updated at 4 p.m. on Monday and are expected to stay in place at least until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The mercury is expected to reach a hot 36C near the town of Montélimar, in the Drôme department, on Monday afternoon. But these aren’t the only places people go roasting in France.
From Monday afternoon, temperatures across most of the country are expected to exceed 30 ° C, and the city of Grenoble in the French Alps is expected to reach 35 ° C.
And from Wednesday, things will get even hotter, with “high pressure conditions” – a weather phenomenon that sees large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure that can lead to clear skies. and cooler, drier air – which means the weather will be very dry.
This will be especially true in Normandy in the northeast and the heat will intensify as the week progresses, particularly in the Rhone Valley.
Temperatures are expected to reach between 37C and 39C in the southeast, especially near Marseille and during the week temperatures could even reach 40C on the Mediterranean coast.
By the end of the week, sunshine will be widespread across the country, and mercury is expected to reach 35 ° C in the northern half of the country. The French weather site Meteo Villes forecasts a heat wave that will set in on Thursday or Friday and will last until the following Tuesday.
France has already had its share of warm weather so far this summer, with July breaking temperature records as the hottest July on record after 2006 and 1983.
Temperatures in July in France were on average two to four degrees above seasonal norms.
Last week, 18 departments were put on alert for heat waves and in Paris, commuters resorted to recording sweltering temperatures on one of the city’s busiest rail lines.