Six additional departments were placed on a heat wave red alert this Saturday, in the north of the country, i.e. all of Hauts-de-France and Seine-et-Marne, because of a heat wave expected to last at least until Tuesday, Météo-France announced.
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In all, 15 departments are now in red vigilance. “The whole of Ile-de-France is in red with Seine-et-Marne”, as well as “the five departments of Hauts-de-France” (Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais and Somme), plus Eure and Seine-Maritime, said Olivier Proust, forecaster at Météo-France. In addition, the two departments of Alsace (Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin) were placed in orange vigilance, bringing to 49 the number of departments classified in orange vigilance.
This alert was launched because of the “risk of excess mortality in the current health context linked to ozone pollution and Covid”, Météo-France reported earlier today.