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Dangerous heat wave to scorch France into Saturday

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
August 25, 2016, 10:21:35 AM EDT

Intense heat will continue to build across France this week with temperatures approaching 38 C (100 F) in many locations.

"A large area of high pressure will funnel hot air from Africa into France," AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.

The prolonged period of heat will create dangerous conditions for the elderly as well as anyone engaging in outdoor activities during the afternoon.


This heat wave will remain entrenched over the region through Saturday.

Anyone going outdoors for an extended period or performing strenuous activities will need to remain hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses.

"It will feel hotter than 38 C (100 F) in the afternoon sun," Travis said.

People should remain diligent and check on the elderly frequently during the heat wave.


Temperatures will soar to or above 35 C (95 F) in areas from Toulouse northward to Tours and Paris through Saturday.

The high temperature could approach 38 C (100 F) in Paris on Thursday and Friday. This would be the latest in the year the city has reached that threshold since record keeping began.

The normal high temperature in Paris this time of the year is around 23 C (73 F).

Overnight low temperatures will struggle to fall below 21 C (70 F) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, resulting in uncomfortable sleeping conditions.

Relief from the extreme heat will arrive on Sunday as a cold front ushers in a cooler air mass from the Atlantic, though temperatures will remain well above normal.

Temperatures will continue to trend downward on Monday.

This clashing of cooler air from the Atlantic and hot air entrenched over France will spark some locally strong thunderstorms on Sunday night into Monday.

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This heat wave will also continue a high fire threat across southern France where two major wildfires are roaring.

The Var department of southeastern France has issued high alerts for fires this week and has prohibited use of vehicles off public roads and smoking and lighting cigarettes in outdoor areas.

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