Temperatures predicted to reach 35C as parts of France approach heatwave warnings

Temperatures are predicted to reach 35 in some parts of France this weekend, with certain areas approaching the threshold for heatwave warnings.

Temperatures predicted to reach 35C as parts of France approach heatwave warnings
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In the first hot weather of the summer, temperatures will soar over the next few days to reach 30C in the north and 35C in the south, with the south west seeing the hottest weather, according to French weather forecaster Météo France.

On Saturday and Sunday, “temperatures will continue to rise. At the end of the week, we will often reach the 30C threshold in the northern half of the country and we will approach the 35C threshold in the southern half”, said Météo France.

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The south west Languedoc area is expected to see the highest temperatures, with the département of Landes approaching the threshold for an orange heatwave warning.

There will, however be rain showers and some storms over the Pyrenees, Alps and Corsica over the weekend.

The heat is forecast to continue into the middle of next week.

Public health body Santé Publique France on June 1st launched its heatwave plan, which this year includes text messages sent to vulnerable people and warning notices translated into English.

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Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

Temperatures are set to rise dramatically across Italy this weekend as the country prepares for its first real heatwave of the year, meteorologists said on Friday.

Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

People across Italy are preparing to head to the beach this weekend with unseasonably hot weather predicted to last for several days.

The heatwave is caused by an anticyclone named  ‘Hannibal’ sweeping in from Tunisia and Algeria, bringing hot air currents across the Mediterranean and as far north as Denmark and Poland, reports news agency Ansa.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32-33°C in parts of the Italian north including Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, and Emilia Romagna, before the heatwave expands towards the centre and south of the country over the course of the weekend.

The weather is already 8°C above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Antonio Sanò, founder of the Italian weather site, and temperatures could rise by as much as 10°C.

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In a typical year these kinds of highs wouldn’t be seen until July, Sanò said.

The incoming heatwave will be particularly humid as the anticyclone is carrying moisture from the Mediterranean sea, according to IlMeteo.

However, the relative cool of the Mediterranean basin at this time of year will contain the heat and keep the temperatures from rising into the high 30s, as would happen if the same type of weather event occurred in August.

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The heatwave will stretch over the weekend and continue into next week, peaking on Tuesday, according to weather reports.

Patchy thunderstorms typical of midsummer weather are anticipated in the Alps and the Po Valley, while the centre-south is set to experience hot and sunny conditions bar some isolated storms in the mountains of Abruzzo on Sunday.