By The editorial staff with AFP
Meteo-France announced Thursday that 25 departments were placed in heat wave orange vigilance and 12 in heat wave red vigilance from Friday, during the earliest heat wave ever recorded in France. The departments in red vigilance are mainly located along the Atlantic coast, while the departments in orange vigilance are mostly located further inland, as well as in the Pyrenees, in the south of Brittany, and even in Drôme and Ardèche. Temperatures are expected to rise further through Saturday.
This is the fourth time – and the earliest in the season – that heat wave red vigilance has been used since the system was put in place after the lessons learned from the historic heat wave of 2003 which killed more than 15,000 people in France. Red heat wave vigilance, the highest level of the “national heat wave plan”, corresponds both to an exceptional weather event and to a health alert justifying “maximum mobilization”.
Charente, Charente-Maritime, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Deux-Sèvres, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Vendée and Vienne are the 12 departments on red alert.
The 25 others on orange alert are: Ardèche, Ariège, Aude, Aveyron, Cantal, Cher, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Drôme, lle-et-Vilaine, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Haute- Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Lot, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Morbihan, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Sarthe and Haute-Vienne.
In the trains
Disruptions are possible on some trains. Following the heat wave alert, and depending on the impact on the rail network, trains could undergo “an extension of the journey time”, explains the SNCF in emails sent to users who reside in Belgium. The company also invites you to provide a supply of water before boarding.
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