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.
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