Heat wave, fires, climate change… relive our special day

The heat wave that has hit France since Thursday reached its peak on Monday, but on Tuesday the heat wave is moving to the east of the country and 73 departments remain on orange alert. In the Gironde, two gigantic fires, which are still not under control, have burned 19 thousand hectares of vegetation.

Many local temperature records were broken on Monday, Météo-France said, during the heat wave, the second since June. According to preliminary values ​​measured at 17:00, the thermometer in Brest showed 39.3 °C (against the previous record of 35.1 °C in August 2003), 39.5 °C in Saint-Brieuc (38.1 °C in August 2003) , 42 °C in Nantes (40.3 °C in July 1949) or 42.6 °C in Biscarrosse (41.7 °C in June 2022).

The United Kingdom is also experiencing an unprecedented heat wave, with temperatures likely to exceed 40°C on Tuesday. This heat wave also affects the whole of Western Europe, causing forest fires in Spain and Portugal.

According to scientists, the spread of extreme weather events is a direct consequence of climate change, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

Meetings of the day:

  • 11:30 a.m. | Magali Reghezza-Zittgeographer, member of the Supreme Council for Climate, will answer your questions about how to adapt to climate change.
  • 14 hours | Christophe Cassouclimatologist and lead author of the sixth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Gaetan Heymes, a forecast engineer and snow expert at Météo-France will answer your questions.

Read our content on heatwaves, fires and global warming:

Talking. In dry Verdon: “We are touching global warming. It’s rough”

Editorial office. In the face of the climate emergency, the political response has not yet fulfilled this role

Maintenance. Valérie Masson-Delmotte: “We trotted slowly behind a rapidly changing climate”

Reportage. Firefighters in Bouches-du-Rhône are preparing for a “season in hell”

Testimonials. With heatwaves in France, many are falling into environmental anxiety and fear for the future

Elliot Frost

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