Heatwave

The forgotten lessons of Chicago's deadly 1995 heatwave

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A detailed “social autopsy” by sociologist Eric Klinenberg examined the heatwave that killed more than 700 people in the American city during one week in July 1995. According to the American academic it was the existence of strong social ties and urban vibrancy that helped stop more people from dying, and not free phone helplines such as the French authorities are issuing to help people in the heatwave currently suffocating France and other parts of Europe. Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports on the lessons for the rest of the world from Chicago's devastating heatwave 27 years ago.

Warnings of 'heat apocalypse' in southwest France

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Temperatures could reach record levels in 15 regions of the southwest, with firefighters battling wildfires and thousands forced to evacuate.

France braces for record temperatures as wildfires rage

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The fires in Gironde in south-west France have already destroyed 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres), driven by high winds, and forced the evacuation of 16,200 holidaymakers.

France faces soaring temperatures and forest fires

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Multiple fires have already broken out with two major conflagrations in the Gironde department in the south-west and temperatures in the north are expected to match those of the south of France with peaks of 40 degrees across the country.

France faces new long heatwave

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The southwest and the Rhone Valley are the regions most likely to be affected by the latest spell of hot weather. 

France braced for record-breaking temperatures

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Temperature could exceed 42C in parts of France as scientists warn heatwaves will hit earlier than usual due to climate change.

France braces for 40°C heatwave as temperatures soar to record levels

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Forecaster Météo-France has activated the orange "heatwave alert" for 23 departéments across the south-west, from Anjou to the Pyrénées.

'Heat dome' in France delivers record May temperatures

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National forecasting centre Météo France, which warned of a May heatwave back in March, said temperatures of between 30°C and 35°C were unusual in terms of their “earliness, durability and geographical extent". 

Heatwave and forest fires as France readies for mass August getaway

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Several homes were destroyed and others evacuated during a forest fire near Anglet on the Atlantic coast in southwest France that burned through about 165 hectares made up mostly of pine trees overnight Thursday, as the country swelters under a heatwave reaching 40°C in Paris on the eve of the traditional August holiday exodus.

Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say

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Health minister said half of those who died were aged over 75 but thanks to measures death rate was 10 times lower than 2003 heatwave.

Hottest-ever day recorded in Paris as heatwave reaches climax

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A temperature of 42.6°C was registered in Paris on Thursday, beating a previous record high of 40.4°C in 1947, as most of France bore the brunt of a massive heatwave blanketing western Europe this week and which is due to begin diminishing on Friday. 

All-time records broken as France simmers under heatwave

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With temperatures of more than 40°C, the towns of Bordeaux, Rennes and Châteauroux on Wednesday recorded their hottest day since records began, as France swelters under a vast heatwave driven from the south, while the temperature in Paris on Thursday is forecast to beat the capital's 1947 all-time high of 40.4°C.  

New hot spell set to deepen drought pain in France

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French met office expects very hot and dry weather next week, with a slight risk of a heatwave in the southeastern part of the country.

Heatwave may force nuclear power shutdown in France

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Even as air temperatures fall, shortages and excessive temperatures of river water used to cool reactors are worrying nuclear operators EDF.

Firefighters battle wildfires in France during heatwave

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Dozens of fires have burned about 1,500 acres of land in the Gard département or county in the south - destroying several houses and vehicles.