People intending to travel to France over the weekend have been warned about taking precautions when travelling on the roads. Heat wave alerts have been issued in 66 areas, with temperatures expected to reach well into the thirties.
On Thursday, the current heat wave alerts were extended across 66 areas of France, an increase of 32 new areas when compared to Wednesday. The rise of warnings now includes most of the central and south west France, meaning almost of France is now blistering under the immense heat wave.
Temperatures in the majority of areas are well into the 30’s but in Nimes the heat has reached a whopping 40°; the Rhone Valley is expected to remain way into the upper 30’s.
The French public and holidaymakers alike have been warned to stay out of the sun between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 (the hottest part of day) and to drink plenty of water (remember, by the time you feel thirsty you are already on your way to being dehydrated).
With only Brittany, Normandy and the extreme North of the country escaping the extreme heat, the heat wave is likely to last into next week. Thousands of Drivers hoping to stay safe in the heat as they head across the channel from the UK will likely experience travel disruptions at some point in the journey. Last week the heat wave gave rise to lengthy delays at the Eurotunnel crossing.
This massive flow of tourists, both those who are going to or returning from their summer vacations, is known locally as the chassé croisé des vacances or the holiday crossover; the heat wave conditions have led the French ministry for health to give an extra warning to drivers.
Drivers have been urged not to drive during the hottest part of the day. Particular attention should be taken if drivers are intending to use the busy A6 motorway through the Rhone-Alps region heading to the beaches of southern France.
Remember, travel smart, protect children, carry plenty of water and try to travel when the temperatures are lower.
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