The French weather service Météo France has issued orange heat alerts - the second-highest level - for nine southeastern departments. As of Tuesday morning, July 31 (local time), the warnings are in effect in Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Hérault, Isère, Pyrénées-Orientales, Rhône, and Vaucluse. Highs of up to 39°C (102°F) are currently forecast in these areas through at least 21:00 (local time) on August 1.
This heat could be hazardous to health, particularly for the elderly, young children, and people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac issues, hypertension, and diabetes. Symptoms of heatstroke include high fever, hot, red, dry skin, headache, nausea, drowsiness, intense thirst, confusion, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible between noon and 16:00 when temperatures tend to peak, remain well hydrated (with sugar-free, non-alcoholic beverages), and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if displaying symptoms of heatstroke.