Tuesday 19 September 2017

Weather alert as France swelters in heatwave

Girls swim in the fountain of the Trocadero gardens in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)
Girls swim in the fountain of the Trocadero gardens in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)

Most of France is under a severe weather alert due to an intense heatwave that is expected to last through the coming days.

In Paris on Tuesday, the temperature was forecast to reach as high as 36C (95F) and produced scenes usually observed at summer's height.

Parisian Alexandre Boudy enjoyed the proximity of a fountain close to the Eiffel Tower during his lunch break.

He said he is taking care to stay hydrated while enjoying the unusually warm weather.

French authorities are particularly sensitive about hot weather and have issued nationwide risk warnings and recommendations since thousands of people died in a heatwave in 2003.

Only the south east region of France and the island of Corsica were unaffected.

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