(The heatwave will mostly hit southern France. Photo: MeteoConsult)
France's weather agency Météo France issued an orange alert warning for 40 départements in the central and eastern parts of the country, in what it dubbed one of the most powerful heatwaves in the last ten years.
Paris has been tipped to reach 39C on Wednesday afternoon, with Gironde forecast to hit 40C. Limoges and Nantes can expect 38C and 37C respectively.
Tuesday saw several June records beaten, including 40.2C in Cazaux, which beats a 1968 record, 37C in Nantes which is up from the 1952 record, as well as the 37C in La Rochelle and the 38C in Limoges. Paris reached a high of 34.2C on Tuesday.
This kind of heatwave has not been recorded at this time of year for more than 60 years, according to Météo France.
So why not head to the beach.