The scorching weather, which started in the Rhône area yesterday, has now spread towards the centre of the country. Temperatures up to 34C are expected this afternoon in the Lyon area.
There will be no let up tonight, with temperatures likely to remain at least 22-23C in the Lyon area, and tomorrow afternoon is expected to see temperatures even higher than today’s.
Apart from the three departments mentioned, which are on orange alert for dangerous weather, many others are on yellow alert, meaning people should also take care (see the map).
Experts say this very hot period – similar to one last year around the same time of year, but longer-lasting – means people should take particular care, especially those in the most at-risk groups or those especially exposed to the sun.
Météo France advises that if you feel unwell due to the heat call a doctor; they also advise calling the mairie if you need help.
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If you have friends or family who are elderly, ill or isolated, you should phone them or call on them twice a day to check they are OK.
Other tips to stay safe include:
Close shutters and curtains during the day and open the windows at night. Use an electric fan and/or air conditioning or alternatively visit cool places like supermarkets or cinemas.
Moisten your skin with mist sprays, a flannel or by taking showers or baths.
Drink plenty of water; a litre and a half a day is recommended for the elderly who should also be sure to continue eating normally.
Avoid spending time outside between 11.00 and 21.00 and if you do go outside wear light clothing and a hat.
Avoid strenuous exercise.