Almost three quarters of the French population, ie 45 million people, are affected by the red or orange warning levels during heat waves.
The heat intensified on Saturday afternoon, especially in the southwest, where
Peaks near 42-43°C are recorded locally in southern Aquitaineadds Météo-France.
Absolute temperature records are brokenshe explains, with notably 42.9ºC in Biarritz, or 2.3ºC more than the previous record set in 2003.
The heat is sweeping the country from the south-west towards the north-east, adds the agency, which generally records between 37 and 41C in the south-west, center and Greater Paris.
Many festive, sporting and cultural events have also been cancelled.
In some cities, museums welcome visitors in search of freshness. Bordeaux (south-west), where the mercury indicates 40C according to Météo-France, has also cleared them.
In Paris, at the General Leclerc and Jean Moulin Liberation Museum, Sonia De Man, 70, a Belgian tourist who had come with her daughter, confided that she had done it
decides to visit a museum during the day instead of going to Montmartre as planned. You can also take advantage of the opening hours of the parks and gardens of Paris throughout the night.
Isolated thunderstorms could occur on the Atlantic coast from Saturday evening, first signs of a weakening of the heat are expected on Sunday evening, which the heat wave will allow
gradually receding and no longer only affect the eastern flank of the countryaccording to Météo-France.
The increase in heat waves in Europe is a direct result of global warming. Greenhouse gas emissions increase the strength, duration and speed of heat waves, scientists say.
The current wave came from the Maghreb via the Iberian Peninsula.
Country devastated in Spain
In Spain, firefighters continued to battle multiple fires, one of which ravaged nearly 20,000 hectares of land, while temperatures reached 43 degrees.
The largest of these wildfires was still not under control as of Saturday afternoon in the Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain range in the Castile and León region (northwest), near the border with Portugal. A total of almost 20,000 hectares burned there.
Eleven villages containing several hundred people had to be evacuated before the flames threatened, leading to the closure of a national road and a high-speed train line between Madrid and the Galicia region (north-west).
Spanish firefighters also continued to fight several fires in Catalonia and Navarra.
Germany, the Netherlands and Italy are affected
The heat wave did not stop at Germany either. According to the German Meteorological Institute (DWD), the highest temperature (36.4 degrees) was measured on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Waghäusel-Kirrlach (Upper Rhine). However, the feared record highs of over 38 degrees were not reached.
In Brandenburg, the region around Berlin, a fire broke out on Friday and spread to around 60 hectares in the evening.
Another fire in the Trecktal southwest of Berlin is under control for the time being, but threatens to flare up again due to drought and high ground temperatures. About 6.5 hectares of forest burned.
The first heavy thunderstorms are expected in the night from Saturday to Sunday. According to the DWD, there can be local gusts of up to 95 km/h as well as hail and heavy rain in northern Germany.
In the Netherlands, Saturday is expected to be the hottest day of the year, authorities said.
Temperatures could reach 35°C in the city of Limburg (south), according to the Dutch weather agency, which is particularly worried about the consequences of the heat
elderly and vulnerable people.
Among the many other consequences of the heatwave, cows’ milk production in Italy has fallen by 10% as the heat forces them to drink up to 140 liters of water a day, twice the usual amount, said the country’s main farming association, Coldiretti , said on Saturday.
The United Nations (UN) demanded this on Friday
trade now to avoid drought and desertification
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