The arrival of warm air from the Maghreb triggered a heat wave in the south-west of France, with temperatures rising to 34 °C in Bordeaux and 37 °C in Toulouse on Tuesday. According to Météo-France, it will knock across the country by the weekend, with peaks that could be above 40°C locally.
On Tuesday evening, BFMTV weather expert Mark Hay was on the set of the channel when the forecast was announced. When the presenter asks him why his terminology has become so severe, the weather reporter explains. “The goal is not to be intimidating, but a few days ago, I decided to drop my usual tone, which in months has seemed a bit clumsy to me”.
Mark tells it. “Arriving on set and saying ‘France is going to be hit by a new heat wave…’, I don’t think it will work anymore. […] People have to understand that France, clearly, is going to burn this week. I guess we have to change the way we talk about it because it doesn’t print. And clearly, people need to understand that what is happening is just the tip of the iceberg.”
And the meteorologist concluded: “What happened in 2019 is happening again and what is happening now will happen again. Summer is just starting, other heat waves, other heat waves are possible and it’s all going to get worse.”
Invited to the set of RMC this Wednesday, Mark Hay confirmed his concern, admitting that people are getting used to the high temperatures, however worrying it is. “People think that when it’s 25°C in Paris in summer, it’s cool”He slips. “The projections we showed for 2050 are already done. In 2019, it was a wake-up call and we thought it would happen in 15 or 20 years, and actually it happens after three years.He’s still worried.
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