US: France again under the heat wave and the prolonged drought

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The French will still have to take out the fans, air conditioners and drink a lot of water

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We will have to go in search of freshness, because after having crossed the most dry July ever , France Wake up this Tuesday under a third summer heat wave. The latter goes back and intensified by the south of the country, making the consequences of global warming more and more perceptible.

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"An episode of heat wave is confirmed for the mid-week, focused on Wednesday and Thursday with maximum temperatures between 34 to 38 ° C and locally 40 ° C," said Monday evening Météo-France . Thus, four departments in the South East (Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse) and the Pyrénées-Orientales remain in orange alert. Fifty other departments, south of a line from Charente-Maritime to Alsace, are in yellow vigilance.

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Negative consequences

“Wednesday, Heat is expected with maximum temperatures most often reaching 34 to 38 ° C, and locally 39 to 40 ° C on the Toulouse south, "said Météo-France, before the hot axis shifts Thursday to the North- is. In this context, already conducive to unpublished forest fires, a fire ravaged on Monday "at least 200 hectares" of Maquis in the town of Santo-Pietro Di Tenda in Haute-Corse , a AFP told AFP Firefighter spokesperson.

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Another illustration of negative consequences, the Ardèche announced on Monday the emergency installation of six air conditioners within a childhood home in Privas, where "reigns for weeks" a "stifling heat", according to a press release of the community.

Dry alert

This new heat wave looks brighter and less intense, specifies Météo-France, than that of mid-July, during which absolute records had been broken in 64 municipalities, flirting, or even exceeding, 40 ° C in several localities.

But this rapid return of hot weather strikes a major part of the country already affected by an exceptional

and with immediate consequences, especially on agriculture, river transport or aquatic leisure. Only 9.7 millimeters of aggregated precipitation was recorded in metropolitan France last month, a deficit of approximately 84 % compared to normal, almost as little as the 7.8 mm of March 1961, the minimum record since the first National surveys in August 1958.

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"This strong precipitation deficit, which follows a very dry spring and combined with hot weather, contributes to aggravating soil drying up", warns Météo-France.

Water restrictions

Monday, prefectural decrees still imposed water restrictions at different levels on all or part of the territory of 93 of the 96 departments of Metropolitan France.

Only Paris, Hauts-de-Seine and Seine-Saint-Denis are still spared at this stage, while now 57 prefectures have appointed territories in crisis, synonymous with the judgment of non-priority samples "including samples for agricultural purposes ”. "Only the samples to ensure the exercise of priority uses are authorized (health, civil security, drinking water, health)," said the government's drought information site, Propluvia.

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