This Friday, June 17, twelve departments will be “put on heat wave red” by Météo France. This level of alertness has consequences in particular for public and outdoor events, we assess.
The thermometer will reach new highs next Friday, June 17. In Languedoc en Roussillon, it is this Friday that the heat wave should be the most intense, according to Météo France. The mercury is flirting with 40°C everywhere, with peaks expected locally at 42°C in Aude. In that context, the meteorological service has decided to put twelve departments on red.
What is red vigilance?
This level corresponds to a maximum alarm condition, which corresponds to a weather phenomenon “of exceptional intensity” and which poses a danger to the population. “Absolute vigilance is essential,” warns Météo France, recommending in this case to “keep regular updates on the evolution of the situation” and to “urgently respect the government’s safety instructions”, details france info†
Vigilance in the red heat wave in France: for whom is school not compulsory this Friday?
Which departments are involved?
Red warning “heat wave”:
- Haute Garonne
- Lot and Garonne
- Charente Maritime
- Two Sevres
Orange “heat wave” warning
- Loir and Chero
- To dig
- Puy de Dome
- Upper Loire
An early heat wave that has hit France since Wednesday and could last a few more days with consequences that could disrupt your plans for the weekend. In exceptional weather, exceptional measures. We make an inventory.
Outdoor Event Restrictions
In the Gers, marked with a hot iron by Météo-France, the prefecture has thus recommended postpone or cancel physical activities and outdoor sports. The same sentence for the Dordogne and Maine-et-Loire, both placed in orange vigilance.
In Gironde, one of the worst affected departments, from 2 p.m. next Friday, “all public demonstrations outside or in areas without air conditioning are prohibited“, writes the prefect in a press release, in which he calls on the six departments of New Aquitaine to do the same. During a press conference Thursday evening in the prefecture of Gironde, the health authorities called for not don’t exercise outside“even if one is young and healthy.”
“Unheard of” in the department, as Laurent Peron, Director South-West of Météo-France with our colleagues from France Blue : “This is the first time we are red in the Gironde”. “We have never experienced such an early and intense heat wave with maximum temperatures around 41 and 42 degrees expected on Saturday,” he is surprised.
In Castres, in the Tarn, it is the Big screen broadcast of the Top 14 semi-final between Castres and Toulouse, which is cancelled.
For example, to limit the impact of the latter, the authorities of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin have invited road users to reduce their speed by 20 km/h, especially on motorways. In Ile-de-France, Paris police chief Didier Lallement also asked drivers to reduce their speed.
Blue plan in nursing homes
Director of the Regional Health Agency of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Benoît Elleboode says: France Blue that “it has been a few days since the blue plans in nursing homes started”. These devices offer a more supervision of the residents“, “the obligation to furnish at least one air-conditioned room”, and “to adjust the drug treatments because there are drugs such as diuretics that promote dehydration”.
And what about animals?
Due to the heat, the prefecture of Vendée has lifted containment measures for all poultry isolated from the bird flu epidemic, indicates that TF1 Info.
Instructions can also be given to: crèches, leisure centers and holiday accommodation organisations outings, sports activities and festive events. Some establishments may even have to close if the temperature in their premises is too high, so it’s best to know ahead of time.