France experiences 'driest July since 1959'
Struggling with two extreme heat waves in July, France had "the driest July since 1959."
Ecological Transformation Minister Christophe Bechu announced that "last month was the driest July in 43 years in the country" in France, which has experienced 2 heat waves since the beginning of summer and is expected to end on Wednesday, August 3, where the third heat wave has started as of today.
In an interview with Franceinfo, Bechu stated that 7.8 kilograms of precipitation per square meter fell in July 2022, the driest July since 1959.
"We've had 88 percent less precipitation than needed. We're at the beginning of an exacerbating heatwave, and drought reduces water supplies, while a heatwave increases water demand." Using the expression, Bechu reminded that some villages no longer have drinking water and that water should be brought to these villages.
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
The French Meteorological Agency has issued an "orange" alarm as of today due to the extreme heat in the regions of Ardeche, Drome, Gard, Pyrenees-Orientales and Vaucluse, while it has issued a "yellow" alarm in 10 regions in the south-east of the country.
The institution reported that the highest temperature in the extreme heat wave will be experienced on Wednesday, August 3, and its temperatures will reach 39-40 degrees.