Heat records set in southern France’s Alps and Pyrenees mountains

Several monitoring stations in southern France, including in the Alps and Pyrenees, set local temperature records on Tuesday, Météo France said.


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Meteo France A record high of 29.5 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) was reported in Alpe d’Huez, an alpine ski resort at an altitude of 1,860 meters (6,100 feet).

In Verdun, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 40.6 degrees Celsius was recorded for the first time.

Other local high temperature records were Lenno (38.3°C) in the mountains of Corsica, and Opus (38.6°C) and Vevenalg (37.3°C) in the far south of the country.

Much of France has been spared the worst heatwave on record in southern Europe, with just seven of the mainland’s 96 provinces currently on an orange heat alert, one below the highest level.

Three other countries in southern France will be added to the list on Wednesday.

France endured a scorching summer last year, with local records being set across the country.

The national record high of 46 degrees Celsius was the result of another heatwave in 2019 in Verargues, near Montpellier, in southern France.


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