Thermostats soared across France on Wednesday as the country was hit by a monster heat wave, with temperatures rising as high as 39 Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) in the capital Paris.
Canicule, heat wave, dog days... whatever you want to call it, it’s hot outside.
As the mercury rose across France on Wednesday, the country’s main weather service, Météo France, put 47 regions on Orange Alert, the second highest warning level.
Paris city officials introduced a number of special measures, including phoning the elderly and others considered vulnerable to the severe weather as well as opening air-conditioned rooms to the public.
Authorities warned that temperatures could surpass those during France’s devastating heat wave in 2003, which broke record highs across the country. It was the hottest summer France had seen in 150 years and one of the deadliest, claiming the lives of over 14,800 people, the vast majority of whom were over the age of 75.
With French weather services forecasting temperatures in the low to mid-30s Celsius in the coming days, the ministry of health has urged the public to take precautions against the sweltering heat.
In Pictures: Beating the heat in Paris
Children play in a fountain to escape the heat at the historic Place des Vosges in Paris. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
A man protects himself from the blistering sun with an umbrella. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
A woman cools herself in the metro with a fan. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
The fountain at the city's famed Trocadero is transformed into a public swimming pool. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
Two girls enjoy the sun on a grassy knoll overlooking the fountain at Trocadero. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
A young man working at a snack stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower sprays passersby with water. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
Chilren play in the water jets at the André Citroën park west of Paris. © Rachel Holman/FRANCE 24
Date created : 2015-07-01