French weather forecaster météo Frace has placed 15 départements on red alert, the highest level of warning where there is a “danger to life or health”.
The whole of the Île-de-France and Hauts-de-France regions are on alert, plus the départements of Eure and Seine-Maritime in Normandy.
Another 54 départements are on orange alert for high temperatures.
— VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) August 10, 2020
Temperatures began spiking last week and all over France very high temperatures were recorded on Sunday, including 31.7C in La Couronne, 37.1C in Lille, 37.3C in Grenoble, 37.8C in Bergerac, 38C in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Auch, Toulouse and Bron, 38.1C in Chabeuil, 38.3C in Argentat, 38.7C in Le Montat and 38C in Castres.
A record was broken in Rouen where 38.4C was recorded and in Creil, in Oise, the temperatures equalled the August 2003 record of 39.1C.
Météo France also pointed out that “temperatures remained high during the night, often around 20 to 23C, but sometimes 24/25C, as the night's thunderstorms did not cause any lasting cooling”.
And tempeartures are forecast to stay high until Wednesday, when the country will gradually begin cooling from the west and many areas will see thunderstorms.