From Monday, June 24, the metropolis will experience an exceptional heat wave, with temperatures felt up to 47 ° C in some areas, leaving fears worse than in 2003.
36 ° C expected in Paris Wednesday, 41 ° C in Lyon, 38 ° C in Toulouse ... From this Monday and for at least six days, the Hexagon should expect to experience extreme temperatures that will flirt flamboyantly with 40 ° C.
This epic event, exceptional in its precocity and intensity, is reminiscent of that of the summer of 2003. 20,000 people had died in the first half of August because of the overwhelming heat, especially the elderly. In total, the heat wave of 2003 had made 70,000 dead in Europe.
Should we expect a hot episode of such magnitude? Alas yes, worries weather experts. Questioned by The Parisian, the meteorologist Guillaume Séchet, creator of the website meteo-paris.com, warns that "the burning air pulse from the Sahara that will befall France is unpublished". According to him, it is "not impossible that the situation is worse than during the heat wave of sixteen years ago with a heat wave that will probably be the most powerful ever recorded at the end of June ".
Hydrate and stay cool
What to do, then, to fight against this sweaty and sweltering heat, which can make us up to 47 ° C in certain regions? The first risk is dehydration. Hence the need to drink water regularly without waiting to be thirsty.
To prevent heat from entering your home, it is also advisable to keep windows and shutters closed during the hottest hours of the day and to ventilate in the evening and at night. If your home is poorly insulated, you can go for a walk in shopping malls, cinemas or air-conditioned libraries.
In addition, the authorities advise to avoid going out between 12h and 16h, which correspond to the hottest hours of the day. Physical efforts are to be avoided all day because the high temperatures put the heart to the test. Finally, it is recommended to cool several times a day, taking a warm or cool shower but not cold, to avoid a thermal shock.
Do not forget the most fragile people
As part of the national heat wave plan, each municipality sets up a register to list the elderly, fragile and disabled who request it. The people registered will be contacted and followed in case of hot weather.
Do not hesitate to hear from your loved ones and to contact isolated people, especially those who might not ask for help in time. Finally, a heatwave information platform is available every day, from 9am to 7pm, at 0800 06 66 66. This number provides advice on how to cope with high temperatures and useful information in case of a particular situation. In case of malaise or urgency, the number to dial remains the 15.