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Orange heatwave alert maintained for south-east France

Thirteen departments are affected with average temperatures forecast to sit around 35-38C today (July 25)

13 departments in south-east France are under orange heatwave alerts today (July 25) Pic: Météo France / fukume / Shutterstock

There are 13 departments in southeastern France still on an orange canicule alert today (July 25), as the heatwave which has already moved over the rest of the country continues in this area. 

The departments are: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Isère, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Var and Vaucluse. 

National forecaster Météo France states that the heatwave’s temperatures are rising, with highs “flirting with 40C within Provence.”

It predicts that places under the orange warning will see temperatures of 35-38C today in general. 

Yesterday (July 24) at 15:00, it was 33C in Annecy (Haute-Savoie) and Lyon (Rhône), 35C in Grenoble (Isère), Chambéry (Savoie) and Montélimar (Drôme), 37C in Aubenas (Ardèche), Orange (Vaucluse) and Nîmes (Gard). 

The hottest place was Lapalud (Vaucluse) where the heat peaked at 40.5C.

This morning at 05:00, it was 26C in Nice, 24C in Marseille, 22C in Nîmes and 20C in Grenoble. 

The orange alert is expected to last until 06:00 tomorrow at the earliest; a “noticeable” drop in temperatures is then expected.

There are also 35 departments in central and eastern France on yellow alerts for high temperatures and storms. 

Further information can be found on the Météo France website. 

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