In Paris, during a heat wave in the summer of 2020. - Gabrielle CEZARD / BRST / SIPA

A break is in order. This Sunday, Météo-France lifted the orange heat wave vigilance for the last two departments affected by the heat wave that has affected France in recent days, before a new episode expected in a few days.

Part of the country, especially the South-West, was affected from Thursday by a very intense heat peak, pushing Météo-France to place up to 13 departments on orange heat wave vigilance.

"The episode is over"

For eleven of them, the alert was lifted Sunday morning. Something also done for the last two, Ardèche and Drôme, Sunday afternoon, Météo-France announced, noting that "the episode is over".

Thursday and Friday, this heat wave saw many absolute temperature records broken, with for example 41.9 ° C in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, 41.5 ° C in Gueugnon, 41.3 ° C in Vichy .

On Saturday, the temperature had remained at a high level, especially in the Rhone Valley where 40 ° C was exceeded in many stations and some temperature records for August were broken (40.9 ° C in Avignon, 40.1 ° C in Aix-en-Provence).

While there is still half a century, the symbolic threshold of 40 ° C was reached exceptionally in France, it could become the new "normal" for heat waves, more and more intense and frequent in due to global warming caused by human activities. A new episode of strong heat is already expected in a few days, according to Météo-France.

"The risk of a heat wave is confirmed for the weekend"

"The risk of a heat wave is confirmed for the weekend", indicates the organization in its vigilance forecasts released on Sunday, predicting a rise in temperatures on Thursday and "heat waves from Friday August 7 over a large part of the country".

"The duration of this scorching episode remains unknown to this day", specifies Météo-France. The summer of 2019 was marked by two exceptional episodes of heatwave and an absolute temperature record for France of 46 ° C.


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