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New orange canicule warning across eight departments

Météo France has issued a new orange canicule (heatwave) warning across eight departments towards the east and south of the country.

It warned that temperatures could reach as high as 38°C, with the orange alert set to remain in place until at least 21h on Wednesday evening. Orange is the second-highest level of alert, down just one from the most dangerous ‘red’ level.

The departments on alert are: Allier (03), Jura (39), Loire (42), Puy-de-Dôme (63), Rhône (69), Saône-et-Loire (71), Tarn (81) et Tarn-et-Garonne (82).

It is the second alert for Rhône, Puy-de-Dôme and Loire in days, after they were also affected by extremely high temperatures late last week.

Vulnerable people - such as the very young, old or ill - are warned to be especially vigilant, but even those in good health should be aware of the possible dangers of the excess heat, especially if they work outside or have an especially active job.

Symptoms of heat stroke and overheating include having a temperature (over 40°C); red, dry, and hot skin; a headache; nausea; intense thirst; confusion; seizures; and loss of consciousness.

Anyone concerned should call a doctor as soon as possible or get help from their Mairie (town hall).


The official heatwave advice suggests:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Checked on elderly and vulnerable people at least twice a day, and take them somewhere cooler if needs be
  • Close curtains, windows and shutters during the day
  • Try to stay in a cool or air-conditioned environment for at least three hours a day
  • Drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day as well as your usual diet
  • Moisten the skin regularly using a spray mist or with regular cool showers
  • Avoid going outside between 11h and 21h - the hottest time of day - but if you must, wear a hat and cool clothes
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