Absolute records of mugginess are expected on Saturday 18 June in France, with peaks of 42-43 degrees unknown to most of the country’s regions, such as Brittany, especially in a month of June. Two thirds of the territory has been placed on alert, not only for the heat spikes but also for the temporal which should start freshening the air starting tomorrow. Especially in the west of France, the showers could take on a violent character. The 42 degrees were already reached yesterday in several departments, especially in the South.
Today 38 degrees are expected in Paris, where even in the metro stations loudspeakers broadcast warnings in several languages - including Italian – encouraging drinking a lot and taking showers during the day. In the areas in a state of alert, where 3 quarters of the French live, festivals, sporting and cultural events have been canceled.
In Lourdes, in the Pyrenees, the pilgrimage of the former combatants scheduled for today, June 18 (to remember the appeal of General de Gaulle to the French in 1940) will not take place. Everywhere, Red Cross volunteers distribute water in the streets, while several tens of hectares of scrub and forest have already gone up in flames yesterday.
Heat and mugginess remain intense especially in the North, in Tuscany and Sardinia with peaks around 35 degrees.