Authorities in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var have issued statements warning about the current heatwave, which started last week and is expected to last until the second week of August. An orange alert has been put in place by Météo France.
It has been announced that the temperatures in both Alpes-Maritimes are expected to vary between 32 and 37°C, and not go below that before at least next week. According to Météo France, it could also get as hot as 40°C in the Var by the end of the week.
As soon as this heat wave alert was put out, Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and also the president of the Centre Communal d’Action Sociale (translation: municipal social action centre) of Nice and the president of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, asked the city to put specific plans in place to help those who are the most vulnerable, particularly the eldery and the young. The CCAS has also arranged for water bottles, sunscreen and hats to be distributed to the homeless.
The EHPAD establishments (establishments for dependent elderly) have started a Plan Bleu, which consists of specific actions regarding hydration. It is also advised for everyone to avoid going out between 11 am and 4 pm; to always keep a hat and sunscreen on after those hours; and to regularly drink water in order to avoid dehydration.
Heatwave info hotline: 04 93 13 51 35
General health advice hotline: 08 00 06 66 66 (from 9am to 7pm)