Heatwave continues in France, triggering drought alert

Published August 3, 2022, 9:22 AM

by Xinhua

PARIS, France — Heatwave continues to hit most parts of France this week, triggering a drought alert in the wake of the driest July in more than 60 years, Le Figaro reported on Tuesday.

A girl drinks water near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on June 16, 2022. (Xinhua)

According to the French daily newspaper, Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in the Mediterranean area of the south, and the heatwave will also spread towards northern France.

Five departments in southwestern France have issued an “extreme heat” warning and the whole country is on drought alert following heatwaves and lack of rain, it said.

In July, France received “a total of 9.7 millimeters of rainfall on average”, making it the driest July since 1959, as well as the fourth hottest month since 1900, Le Figaro quoted meteorologist Cyrielle Duchesne as saying.

Some cities, including Nice and Marseille, did not see a single drop of rain throughout July, it reported.

All 96 departments across Metropolitan France have imposed water restriction measures to combat drought.

The population is advised to limit water consumption by avoiding washing their cars at home, watering gardens or filling up private swimming pools, according to Le Figaro.

It said August will continue to be hot and dry, apart from occasional rainfalls and thunderstorms.