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Heat alerts: What temperatures can we expect in France this week?

French weather forecaster Météo France has issued five new weather warnings for extreme heat this week, here's what is forecast.

Heat alerts: What temperatures can we expect in France this week?
France is in the grip of its third heatwave so far this summer. Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU / AFP

Wednesday 

Wednesday is expected to be the heat peak, with the heatwave expanding to cover almost the whole country, with the exception only of the coastline of northern France.

Early this Wednesday morning, the temperatures were already high, as Wednesday is set to be the peak of this heatwave in France. Temperatures will likely reach about 39C in Bordeaux, 38C in Montélimar, 37C in Limoges and 35C in Nancy.

Météo France’s map of heatwave alerts for France for Wednesday can be seen below:

Map of heatwave alerts. Credit: Météo France

Significant portions of the country will see temperatures higher than 35C, with most ranging between 32 to 38C, while the southwest can expect temperatures around 39 to 40C.

As seen in the map above, 26 départements are currently placed on heatwave alert at the ‘orange’ level.

The départements on heatwave alert are: Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Territoire de Belfort, Haute-Saône, Doubs, Côte d’Or, Jura, Saône-et-Loire, Ain, Haute-Savoie, Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Isère, Savoie, Drôme, Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche, Haute-Loire, Corrèze, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn-et-Garonne, and Haute-Garonne.

Few parts of France will be spared from high nighttime temperatures of above 20C.

Although it will be extremely hot, Météo France is not predicting that any all-time temperature records will be broken. It is also  expecting “the intensity and duration” of this heat wave “to be less than the previous episode” in mid-July. 

Thursday 

Though Thursday will still see some high temperatures, a cooler and more humid air mass, coming from the northwest, will move over the country. Temperatures specifically will remain high in the southeast until the end of the week. 

The north and east of the country is likely to see rainstorms on Thursday, which will help to bring temperatures down.

Friday

On Friday, the vast majority of France will see temperatures fall back below 30C, while the heat will persist in the southeast quarter.

Water restrictions

Virtually all of France – with the exception of Paris and some of its suburbs – is now under water restrictions as the drought continues.

Around a third of the country is on high-level restrictions which restricts domestic use of water.

MAP Where in France has water restrictions and what do they mean?

Wildfires

The hot, dry summer has also seen the outbreak of multiple wildfires across France, with two new blazes breaking out over the weekend.

MAP Where are the wildfires in France right now

Many local communes have adopted bans on barbecues and fireworks because of the risk of fire, while homeowners in certain areas are also required to make preparations at their property.

READ ALSO What to do and who to call if you see a wildfire in France

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ENVIRONMENT

French ‘eco-adventurer’ runs 100 marathons for climate

A 30-year-old Frenchman is running 100 marathons in as many days to raise awareness of the carbon footprint left by major sporting events.

French 'eco-adventurer' runs 100 marathons for climate

“I do to my body what we do to the planet,” Nicolas Vandenelsken, who calls himself an “eco-adventurer,”  told AFP as he reached Paris on his 84th marathon, having crossed 10 regions since September 3.

His itinerary of 42.2-kilometre (26.2-mile) marathons is to resemble a heart when seen on a map of France.

Vandenelsken — an activist in two associations dedicated to climate awareness in sport — has met children, associations and farmers along the way.

In Paris, he had a meeting with French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera, saying he told her, “Sport is an incredible lever to reach a maximum number of people.”

Vandenelsken, who had doctors check his fitness before setting out, told AFP that “with my mental strength and with my training, I am able to get through this.”

But he added: “I wouldn’t advise anybody to run 100 marathons in 100 days, because I expect to feel the impact of this in my joints in five or 10 years’ time.”

Vandenelsken timed his runs to coincide with the football World Cup in Qatar which has been criticised for, among other things, its carbon footprint.

But he told AFP his concern went well beyond one major event.

“All these big organisations should think first of respecting the integrity of nature before thinking about the business of sport, before thinking about money,” he said.

Among concrete measures, Vandenelsken said he would like to see transport quotas for major events like cycling race Tour de France, and renovation of existing sports infrastructure rather than building them from scratch.

“My aim is to get a law voted,” he told AFP.

His final marathon is to take him to Valenciennes, in northern France, on December 10.

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