On Thursday, August 2, the French weather service Météo France extended orange heatwave alerts - the second-highest level - to a total of 66 departments throughout the country, including the Paris region. The warnings are currently set to remain in effect until at least 07:00 (local time) on August 4. Highs of up to 39°C (102°F) are forecast for these areas.
These high temperatures 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.