The French meteorological agency (Météo France) has issued "orange" alerts - the second-highest on a four tiered risk rating scale, indicating potentially dangerous conditions - for 67 departments across France due to ongoing heatwaves.
As of Thursday, June 22, the alerts are in effect for following the departments: Ardèche, Drôme, Aisne, Aube, Doubs, Eure, Marne, Haute-Marne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Seine-Maritime, Somme, Territoire-de-Belfort, Ain, Allier, Ariège, Cher, Corrèze, Côte-d'Or, Creuse, Eure-et-Loir, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Jura, Loir-et-Cher, Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Loiret, Lot, Mayenne, Nièvre, Orne, Puy-de-Dôme, Hautes-Pyrénées, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire, Sarthe, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Yonne, Essonne et Val-d'Oise, Charente, Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Maine-et-Loire, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Paris (and the area immediately outside the city known as the "Petite Couronne"), Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, and Haute-Vienne. The alerts are currently set to remain in place at least until 21:00 (local time) on Friday, June 23, although they could be extended depending on updated forecasts.
The alerts are currently set to remain in place at least until 21:00 (local time) on Friday, June 23, although they could be extended depending on updated forecasts.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible between 10:00 and 16:00 (local time) when temperatures tend to peak, stay 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 (high fever, hot, red, dry skin, headache, nausea, drowsiness, intense thirst, confusion, convulsions, and loss of consciousness).