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Heatwave warnings extended across France as temperatures edge higher

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Heatwave warnings extended across France as temperatures edge higher
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17:23 CEST+02:00
France's weather agency has extended the heatwave alerts as temperatures continue to rise across the country.

Nine more departments were placed on orange alert -- the second highest warning -- by France's national weather agency Meteo France on Wednesday afternoon,

The departments concerned are in the north of the country, in the central-eastern areas and south east. 

The new alerts brought the toal number of departments with heatwave warnings in place to 18.  

The nine new departments on alert are Aisne, Ardèche, Côte-d'Or, Drôme, Marne, Pas-de-Calais, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire and Somme.

Nine departments in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France and the north have been on orange alert for heatwaves since Tuesday.
 
The departments affected were all those in the greater Paris region which are Paris, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-et-Marne, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise and Yvelines as well as the Nord department in the north of the country.
 
People in all areas on alert are advised to remain vigilant due to the risk of dangerous weather. 
 
Météo France had warned that temperatures would rise throughout the week, with a peak of 34C and 37C expected on Friday before the mercury briefly dips this weekend. 
 
As a result of the heatwave warnings the public are advised to spend at least three hours per day in a cool area (if you can find one) drink water regularly even when you are not thirsty and avoid going outside when the sun is at its hottest.
 
Here are some tips on how to beat the heat
 
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