Paris swelters as heatwave descends on France

18th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 17, 2006 (AFP) - Temperatures in Paris will soar to 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) by midweek as a heatwave spreads to the north, forecasters said Monday, warning people to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.

PARIS, July 17, 2006 (AFP) - Temperatures in Paris will soar to 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) by midweek as a heatwave spreads to the north, forecasters said Monday, warning people to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water.

Twenty departments (counties) in southwest France are already under a heatwave alert, after temperatures climbed to 37 degrees Celsius at the weekend.

Parts of the country could even reach 40 degrees - with night-time temperatures everywhere in the low 20s - before the arrival of storms on Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.

The conditions have awoken comparisons with 2003, when 15,000 mainly elderly people died of heat-stroke and dehydration, and the government was accused of failing to react quickly enough.

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Subject: French News

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