Almost all of France on orange heatwave alert
As we continue to swelter under a blazing sun, Météo-France have placed almost every department on an orange heatwave alert.
Forecasters say that temperatures in the south could reach or exceed 40C in places.
The Health Ministry has warned holidaymakers to ensure they are prepared for the extreme heat, especially those travelling long distances on the crossover weekend, advising families to set off early in the morning or later in the evening if possible to avoid the hottest parts of the day, take plenty of water and take regular breaks. Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said "It is imperative to drive earlier in the morning or late in the evening, avoid periods of extreme heat, protect children. Take enough water in the cars, stop regularly."
The departments on orange heatwave alert in Meteo France's Friday are:
Ain (01), Allier (03), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Ardèche (07), Aube (10), Aude (11), Aveyron (12), Bouches-du-Rhône (13), Cantal (15), Charente (16), Cher (18), Corrèze (19), Corse-du-Sud (2A), Haute-Corse (2B), Côte-d'Or (21), Creuse (23), Dordogne (24), Doubs (25), Drôme (26), Eure-et-Loir (28), Gard (30), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Gironde (33), Hérault (34), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Isère (38), Jura (39), Landes (40), Loir-et-Cher (41), Loire (42), Loiret (45), Lot (46), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Haute-Marne (52), Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Moselle (57), Nièvre (58), Puy-de-Dôme (63), Pyrénées-Orientales (66), Bas-Rhin (67), Haut-Rhin (68), Rhône (69), Haute-Saône (70), Saône-et-Loire (71), Savoie (73), Haute-Savoie (74), Paris et petite couronne (75-92-93-94), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Deux-Sèvres (79), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82), Var (83), Vaucluse (84), Vienne (86), Haute-Vienne (87), Vosges (88), Yonne (89), Territoire-de-Belfort (90), Essonne (91) et Val-d'Oise (95).
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