A quarter of France has set an orange alert for heatwaves today, with temperatures expected to reach between 34 and 38 degrees Celsius, and locally even around 40 degrees Celsius.
The country has been hit by heatwave since Tuesday from the Maghreb passing through Spain, which initially affected the southwestern part of the country before it expanded.
Temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees Celsius were recorded yesterday Wednesday in the southern half of the country, and the heat is expected to expand further.
The French meteorological service Météo-France estimates maximum values of 34 to 38 degrees in the southern half of the country, with temperatures reaching up to 39/40 degrees in partial shade. It will generally be less hot in the northern half, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees.
The weather will be very hot tomorrow in a large part of the country, with the heat spreading to areas in the north and intensifying further west and south. Météo-France expects the highest temperatures recorded in the afternoon to reach 36 to 39 degrees in these areas, and locally thermometers can show 40 degrees in the shade.
The heatwaves attributed to climate change are multiplying around the world, including in France where the heatwave first appeared so early, as the 2017 and 2005 heatwaves began on 18 June.