Should we expect a heat wave in June and prepare for a heat dome

With heat largely dominating 2022 and the risk of drought already very high in many regions of France due to a lack of rainfall, temperature records regularly broken and humidity indicators below normal, the situation looks increasingly worrying for France.

Shall we transcend seasonal norms in the coming days?

Extreme heatwaves often start from the end of June, and the question we can ask ourselves today is that after a very hot month of May, will we have to contend with sweltering heat in the next few days and bypass the seasonal mores?

Nobody can really confirm if there will be heat waves, but many signs indicate that periods of high heat will be more and more frequent in France. With a dry winter and spring, should we therefore expect a very hot June followed by a hot summer?

Our country has already experienced several heat waves in June, most recently going back to 2019, 2017, and 2006, so will we experience the same in 2022?

Should we be ready to face the thermal dome?

Thermal dome is a climatic phenomenon that can lead to significant water shortages and power outages and can be dangerous for residents, especially for the vulnerable, and is a hot circle that forms over cities and regions. This meteorological phenomenon has already caused thousands of deaths in India and Pakistan with extremely high temperatures, but the countries closest to us can also be affected by a heat dome such as Italy. Will France also experience this phenomenon in June or this summer?

From what temperature are we talking about a heat wave?

We speak of a heat wave when the average daytime temperature is equal to or greater than 21°C for three days and the nighttime temperature is greater than 18°C.

Why can heat waves be dangerous?

Most people adapt well to high temperatures, but a heat wave can be dangerous for the elderly and/or the disabled and the weakest among us.

Older adults are particularly at risk because of the increased risk of dehydration during a heat wave and tend to tire more quickly and feel less thirsty, making them more vulnerable to heat and heat wave risks.

How to protect yourself from the heat wave?

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To protect yourself from the heat wave that may arrive soon, you can take the right steps to avoid heat stroke.

Drink regularly and at room temperature: It is recommended to drink plenty of water and at room temperature, because drinking too cold will increase your body temperature, which is counterproductive to enduring high heat. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, feel free to take a sip of water at the slightest opportunity, and if you have to go out, take a water bottle with you.

Avoid hot drinks: Hot drinks like tea or coffee have a diuretic effect which makes you lose water and increases your risk of dehydration.

Avoid fatty dishes: Eating too much fat or too much sugar can make digestion difficult and raise your body temperature. Choose water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, watermelon, lemon, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Wear loose-fitting clothing so that air circulates more easily and sweat escapes, preferring light colors that capture less heat than black.

Avoid going out during the sweltering hours of the day, do not expose yourself to the sun, and above all do not exert physical exertion outside during periods of high heat.

These simple tips that you can apply can help you better handle the following heat waves.

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