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WEATHER

France to sizzle all week with temperatures over 30C

The arrival of summer brings plenty of heat to France as temperatures across much of the country will surpass 30C during the next week.

France to sizzle all week with temperatures over 30C
By Wednesday June 24th, temperatures across the vast majority of France will reach and even surpass 30C. Photo: Météo France/AFP

With Sunday June 21st signalling the beginning of the summer, it hasn’t taken long for the mercury to start rising as temperatures will increase on Monday across much of France.

By Tuesday it will hit 30C in the southwest but remain under 30C in the northern half of the country.

By Wednesday however the summer heat will have well and truly spread across the whole of Metropolitan France and the 30C threshold will be surpassed on a daily basis until Saturday.

According to Météo France, Parisians can expect up to “34 C in Ile-de-France” as well around the Rhone Valley in the southwest of the country.

 

“The threshold for very hot weather (35C) could be exceeded on a local level and minimum temperatures will hover around 20C,” France’s national weather agency added.

These “above normal” temperatures for the time of year are in line with forecasts that 2020 will be one of the hottest years on record in France, and globally.

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Las year was the third hottest year in mainland France after 2018 and 2014, marked by two exceptional heat waves and an all-time record of 46C.

So far 2020 has followed this trend, with comparatively mild weather in winter and a spring season that has been the second warmest on record.

Météo-France believes that global warming will make the number of heat waves double by 2050.
 

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ENVIRONMENT

Massive hornet-trapping campaign begins in south west France

Across south west France trapping campaigns have begun in an attempt to control the numbers of dangerous Asian hornets.

Massive hornet-trapping campaign begins in south west France

Trapping campaigns are organised annually at this time of year, as the weather begins to get warmer and queens begin to emerge from hibernation.

And the Charente-Maritime town of Royan Atlantique, on France’s west coast, is leading the way, as the below video shows.

Experts say that now is the time to begin using the traps, as catching queen hornets in the process of building their nests will lead to far fewer insects later in the year. 

Some 2,000 traps are installed in and around Royan this year, including 300 that were distributed to householders in the week of Valentine’s Day. 

Once installed, the traps can capture several dozen insects at a time.

In order to capture a maximum of hornet queens, traps should be installed between mid-February and mid-May. Especially since during this period, these predators end up coming out of their hibernation.

It is believed Asian hornets arrived in France around 2004. They have now spread nationwide.

Although their venom is not more powerful than that of normal bees or wasps, they are known to be more aggressive towards humans, and their stings can cause anaphylactic shock in allergic people.

The hornets also damage beehives and kill bees, damaging honey stocks and destroying the native ecosystem.

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