It is now so hot that the earth is burning. In France, indicates France Info on its site, major fires have broken out in the south of the country. Caused, a priori, by the high temperatures and the drought problems that have hit France in recent months, they extend over nearly 1,400 hectares in Gironde. 6,500 people had to be evacuated. Elsewhere, the situation is hardly encouraging, our colleagues still remind us: Météo France yesterday placed seven departments on orange vigilance for a heat wave. These were Ardèche, Drôme, Haute-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne and, in fact, Gironde. A list still up to date, this Wednesday, July 13.

This is not the first heatwave that the nation has been through since the start of the summer season. However, Wednesday 13 will be a bit special, Planet recently explained: it should be the hottest of the week and therefore, potentially, of the entire heat wave. To avoid suffering too much from particularly high temperatures, find our slideshow below which compiles some tips to apply today.

Tuesday July 12, 2022, Météo France announced up to 38°C in the South-West of France and nearly 27°C in the English Channel. For most of the country, the maximum temperatures fluctuated between 31 and 36°C. Something to evoke another no less famous heat wave: 2003. Some do not hesitate to make the comparison… But as France Info explains, it was not only the temperatures that made the 2003 heat wave a episode so sadly memorable for France. This is the degree of mortality observed at the end of the phenomenon.