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Heatwave warnings extended as sun scorches France

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Heatwave warnings extended as sun scorches France
People cool off in Bordeaux on Monday. Photo: AFP
09:30 CEST+02:00
The summer heat is showing no signs of abating, prompting France's weather agency to extend its alerts.
French weather agency Météo France has extended its heatwave warning until Thursday morning. 
 
The agency has issued an orange warning alert - the second highest on it's four-tier scale - for 12 départements across the country. 
 
These are: Charente, Indre-et Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Allier, Charente-Maritime, Mayenne, Puy-de-Dôme, and Sarthe. 
 
Photo: Météo France 
 
Météo France said the heatwave would bring "short but very severe periods of heat, requiring particular vigilance".
 
Temperatures are predicted to reach up to 39C in some parts of western France. 
 
Photo: Météo France 
 
Paris, meanwhile, is forecast to see the mercury reach up to 36C on Tuesday afternoon, with temperatures above 20C predicted for the night. 
 
A good time, perhaps, to read our guide on how to enjoy Paris while keeping out of the sun
 
Photo: Météo France 
 
The temperatures will cool off somewhat throughout the week, although meteorologists said they won't lift the warning until 9pm on Wednesday. 
 
Monday saw temperatures hit 38C in western France's Prin-Deyrançon, with the rest of the west recording temperatures in the mid thirties. 
 
The weather service warned that the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, people with psychiatric illnesses and people on medication were particularly vulnerable to the effects of the heat. 
 
It also warned people to monitor children for ill effects.
 
People who work outside or who plan to play sports should keep hydrated and watch out for heat stroke.
 
A woman sprays water on a child's face as sun scorched Bordeaux on Monday. Photo: AFP
 
The affected area around the Loire Valley and Acquitaine is popular with summer tourists, who flock to the castles of the Loire Valley and the many vineyards of the region. 
 
Cooler air from the sea is expected to relieve the west of the country on Wednesday, but the hot air is expected to linger over eastern parts.
 
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