This week, 12 departments across France, including the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, have been placed heatwave alert by Météo France. Temperatures should reach their peak at midday on Thursday with 33°C on the beaches and close to 40°C in the valleys.
As temperatures soar dangerously towards 40°C in the coming days, authorities in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var have issued heatwave warnings. The Prefecture of the Var in particular has called on local councils and the public to support and monitor individuals who may be at risk during such high temperatures, such as the young, the elderly and those with disabilities.
The Prefecture of the Var also shared a few recommendations on what to do in case of a heatwave:
- In case of discomfort or breathing problems, call a doctor.
- During the day, keep shutters, curtains and windows closed.
- Use fans and air conditioning if available. Otherwise, try to stay in cool or air conditioned places where possible.
- Adults and children should drink plenty of water and elderly people should drink at least 1.5L of water per day and try to eat as normally as possible.
- Avoid the hottest parts of the day (1pm to 6pm). If you have to spend time outdoors, ensure you have adequate protection and shade.
- Limit physical activities.
For more information, please visit www.sante.gouv.fr and for additional information on the heatwave, please visit wwwvar.gouv.fr.