Scorching temperatures are set to continue in southeast France and Corsica on Thursday, with 13 departments placed on orange alert for heatwaves by national weather agency Météo France.
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Corse-du-Sud, Gard, Haute-Corse, Drôme, Isère, Rhône, Var and Vaucluse have all been placed on orange alert, which calls for people to be “very vigilant”.
The warnings are expected to remain in place until “at least” 7am on Friday, the national weather agency has said, adding that the high temperatures could last into the weekend.
It's predicted that on Thursday afternoon, the mercury will reach up to 40C in parts of the country after a scorching day on Wednesday, which saw temperatures exceed 40C in the Rhone Valley and Corsica.
In Grenoble, the mercury is set to reach 37C, while in Lyon it will reach a roasting 36C.