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It's going to be Hot Hot Hot!

It's going to be Hot Hot Hot!

Starting Tuesday, a heatwave or canicule has been forecast, the like of which has not been seen in France for 60 years and it's starting in the south west. What should you do to stay cool?

 heatwave-alert-map-france

This image from www.meteo-express.com has been widely shared across social media this weekend showing the maximum temperature forecast between Tuesday and Saturday this week. According to Météo-France, the minimum and maximum temperatures will be very high and close to record levels in Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Limousin and will last until the end of the week.

The heatwave (when temperatures are very high for three days and nights in succession) is heading up from Spain and the mercury will start to rise from Tuesday onwards. 

To keep an eye on the official view, click onto the site sante.gouv.fr where you will find a link to 'la carte de vivilance météorologique'. At the moment (Monday morning), it looks like this: 

heatwave-alert-france-map

 

Red: be extremely vigilant; high intensity, dangerous conditions are forecast

Orange: be very vigilant; dangerous conditions are forecast

Yellow: be aware if you are carrying out activities susceptible to weather risks

Green: no particular risk forecast.

This map is updated at 6am and 6pm every day.

Recommendations

On their site, the government publishes a series of recommendations, reminding the public that:

The heat is tiring

Heat can lead to serious or fatal accidents, including dehydration and sun stroke

Air pollution and humidity aggravate the effects of the heat.

The full list can be found here.

If you would like to see English language recommendations, see the NHS Direct site.

If you fear someone has severe dehydration or has severe sunstroke, ring the emergency services on 15  (SAMU) or 112 (International Emergency services - an English speaker may be available).

Don't forget to check that elderly neighbours are safe and that all your animals have shade and water.