France in the midst of a fourth heat wave amid historic drought world News

In the southern part of France, daytime temperatures are expected to reach 40 °C, and will not drop below 20 °C at night.

AP | , Posted by Yagya Sharma

France was in the midst of a fourth heat wave of the year on Monday as the country was warned by the government of the worst drought on record.

National weather agency Meteo France said the heat wave began in the south and is expected to spread across the country and last through the weekend.

Overall, daytime temperatures in the southern part of France are expected to reach 40 °C (104 °F) and will not drop below 20 °C (68 °F) at night.

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High temperatures are not helping firefighters battling wildfires in the Chartres Mountains, near the Alps in eastern France, where authorities have evacuated about 140 people.

Meteo France said this week’s heat wave would not be as intense as last month’s when several regions experienced record-breaking temperatures.

But the high temperature comes during the worst drought ever recorded, according to the government. The previous month was the driest July since measurements began in 1959.

Some farmers have begun to see production declines, particularly in soy, sunflower and corn yields. Water restrictions range from restrictions on daytime irrigation to limiting water access to people, animals, and keeping aquatic species alive.

The government last week said that over 100 municipalities cannot provide drinking water through taps and need to supply water trucks. The heat forced energy giant EDF to temporarily cut power generation at some of its nuclear plants, which use river water to cool reactors.

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