16 departments placed in orange vigilance

Until Sunday, temperatures will flirt or even exceed 40 ° C everywhere in France. Where should we prepare for the hot weather, but also for thunderstorms?

The heat wave settles in France and Météo-France launches the alert in its latest bulletin dated Thursday August 12 at 4 p.m. After several weeks of gloomy weather, even downright rainy, and temperatures at half mast in most of France, the thermometer will approach 40 ° C locally. Fifteen departments have been placed in orange alert with significant risk of thunderstorms : Jura, Saône-et-Loire, Allier, Haute-Savoie, Ain, Rhône, Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, Ardèche, Drôme, ‘Isère, Savoie, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes and Var.

Météo France warns against “violent thunderstorms setting up over Auvergne at the end of the afternoon, reaching the south of Burgundy and Franche-Comté, Dauphiné and Savoies” . Severe thunderstorms, hail and strong gusts of wind are expected in this area. Meteorologists point out that “high rainfall intensities of the order of 30 to 40 mm in less than an hour.”

Temperature increases everywhere in France

Météo France indicates that minimum temperatures of around 23 to 25 were recorded this morning on the coast of Provence and the Côte-d’Azur. This afternoon, temperatures between 33 to 37 degrees were observed in the departments placed in orange vigilance. For these last ones, “minimum temperatures on Friday will generally be around 19 to 22 degrees, or 4 to 5 degrees above seasonal norms, and sometimes even higher on the Cote d’Azur, around 23 to 26 degrees “, indicates Météo France. “As for the maximum temperatures, they will often be between 36 and 39 degrees, even reaching 40 degrees in Provence.”

Elsewhere, the departments in yellow vigilance (in the South-East and in part of Occitanie), “the minimums will also be high, of the order of 17 to 22 degrees; the maximum will be around 33 to 37 degrees over Midi-Pyrénées, Corsica, the middle Rhône valley and the Dauphiné. “ A priori, this heatwave episode will continue until Sunday.

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A heat wave “not remarkable for a summer period”

Meteo France is formal: this heat wave remains a “unremarkable phenomenon for a summer period”. It nevertheless requires “particular vigilance for sensitive and / or exposed people, especially since it follows the first part of summer for which temperatures were seasonal, or even lower”.

As recalled The world, an extreme rise in temperatures is observed in several regions in Europe. “We recorded 48 °C in Sicily. This is a temperature record on a European scale “, explains Météo-France. Temperature rises over the coming period which could have an impact on our territory. “You should not take the uniquely French aspect, it is important to take regional information into account, MétéoFrance warned. The whole Mediterranean is very hot “.

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