Climate: 12 departments on purple alert for warmth wave

IThere are still five days until summer officially begins. At least, on the calendar. Because in terms of temperatures, summer is here. And with an intensity we didn’t expect so soon. Friday will be marked by an early and intense heat wave in much of the country, according to forecasts by Météo-France. Since Wednesday, mercury has continued to rise and the number of departments under surveillance has increased.

Since Thursday, June 16, in the afternoon, twelve departments in southwest France have been on red alert for a heat wave. They are Charente, Charente-Maritime, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Deux-Sèvres, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Vendée and Vienne. In addition, 25 other departments ranging from south-west to south Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Centre, south of Auvergne, as well as Drôme and Ardèche are currently on orange alert. In total, 37 departments, or 18 million people, are currently involved. The heat wave will extend to the northern regions and intensify further in the west and in Occitania.

According to Météo-France, “this Friday at the end of the night, temperatures were between 16°C and 24°C in the departments placed on red or orange surveillance”. This Friday afternoon, in the orange surveillance departments, the thermometer will also rise very high. On the next night, which will be the hottest of the episode, the lows in the departments in orange and red surveillance will be between 21°C and 25°C, very high values ​​for the season, indicates Météo-France.

From the south of the Loire to the southwest as in the Mediterranean regions, nighttime temperatures will remain high, between 18 and 23 degrees locally, or even 24/25 around the Gulf of Leon and the lower Rhône Valley. Elsewhere, you’ll need to take advantage of overnight cooling, as thermometers will quickly pass the 30-degree bar in the morning. In the hottest part of the afternoon, we wait 36 ​​to 39 degrees south from the Rhône-Alpes to Provence, through Occitania, New Aquitaine, the center to the Pays de la Loire and eastern Brittany. Locally, thermometers could reach, or even exceed, 40 degrees in the shade in a large southwest neighborhood. At the Breton tip, in Normandy, Île-de-France, Picardy and from Burgundy to the Center-East, it will be necessary to plan from 33 to 36 degrees. The heat will be less intense from Nord-Pas-de-Calais to the Grand Est with the same 30 to 33 degrees.

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Thursday at the Hérault in Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, the thermometer has already risen to 40°C: a record for precocity for metropolitan France excluding Corsica, according to Météo-France. On Saturday, absolute records may fall on the Landes, Poitou-Charentes, Vendée axis.

Children from departments classified in red dismissed from school

On the sky side on Friday, once the rare morning twilight has dissipated on the coast of Aquitaine and on the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, a scorching sun will settle over the entire country. In the afternoon, clouds will be pouring over the peaks of the Pyrenees and the Southern Alps. They will give some showers, even a storm east of the Pyrenees range.

The Ministry of Health has activated a toll-free number for the Canicule information service (08 00 06 66 66) to answer questions and give advice and the Ministry of Education has announced that students and university students from the 12 departments in red will be able to stay at home. on Friday.

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