45.9C: Record Temperature Hits France Amid European Heatwave
France hits an all-time high temperature of 45.9C. The record high temperatures have come during the current heatwave all across Europe. According to BBC, the new record was measured in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux.
The previous highest ever recorded temperature in France was 44.1 degrees Celsius back in 2003 which proved out to be horrific for the country. BBC quoted French health minister Agnès Buzyn, who was of the view that “everyone is at risk”.
According to French meteorologists, high temperatures are prevalent in the South of France. However, the rest of the country may be exposed to the temperature risk.
The Guardian in an article titled,” France records all-time highest temperature of 45.9C” quoted French President Emmanuel Macaron.
“We will need to change our set-up, our way of working, build differently,” Macaron said, stressing a necessary “adaptation of society and its habits”.
Meanwhile Mayor of the area in question, Gallargues-le-Montueux, Freddy Cerda said the record was something the village had to “put up with”.
“We have to put up with this climate, and that’s what the future holds for us, don’t forget. The south of France is going to become tropical,” the mayor added, according to the BBC.
The temperature rise was all over twitter when French residents warned their fellows to beware of the prevalent heatwave. A lot of French households do not have air conditioning as the weather remains relatively cool and mild throughout the year.
Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist tweeted regarding the temperature rise.
“This heat wave isn’t just morbid curiosity. Only 5% of households in France have air conditioning. In the past, they didn’t need it. The only other heat wave comparable to this week in European history was in August 2003 — and 70,000 people died.”
This heat wave isn’t just a morbid curiosity. Only 5% of households in France have air conditioning. In the past, they didn’t need it.
The only other heat wave comparable to this week in European history was in August, 2003 — and 70,000 people died.https://t.co/CvJ6H2S5SD
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) June 28, 2019
The French national weather service has activated its highest-level heat danger alert for the first time, as temp in small southern town of Villevieille hits 45.1 C https://t.co/4XJQ1If70Z
— Andrea Woo | 鄔瑞楓 (@AndreaWoo) June 28, 2019
Think our 93° today is hot in Queens? Death Valley, California's average temperature is 114°. That was also the all-time hottest temperature ever recorded today in France. 12 other French weather stations were hotter than the old record of 111° in 2003. @NY1weather pic.twitter.com/Qq0oIIcDKG
— Mike Favetta (@TweetsTheWx) June 28, 2019
Such are the conditions all across Europe where high alerts have been issued in Germany, Spain and Italy as well.