Paris - "Canicule" Temps to Hit 95 F!

Aug 20th, 2009, 10:21 AM
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In Belgium today, they recorded the highest temperature ever (well, since records began); 38,2 celsius.

Now, at the end of the day, there are thunderstorms and heavy rain.

And we still do not need AC in our house; it's cool enough at night.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Aug 20th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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"the NYTimes says the temps in Paris today (or tomorrow?) will hit 95 F"

It's not just Paris! In Basel, it was 95 degrees yesterday and it was 95 by 1 pm today and 97 by 3 pm. I work in an unairconditioned office that gets full afternoon sun. I also commute to work in trams that aren't air conditioned (although sometimes I take those little ferries across the Rhine, where I can catch a bit of breeze).

As soon as I get home, I hit the shower. Then have a beer or cold white wine. And we do have an air conditioner in the master bedroom, so at least we can sleep at night.

It's been hot (above 90 F) all week.

The Rhine is full of swimmers starting at the Tingueley Museum area and floating down to below the Mittelbrucke in the old town. On the week-end, we went to the Gelterkinden pool, it was fantastic.

It is supposed to cool off significantly tomorrow, but we'll have a mini-heatwave on Monday/Tuesday before it cools off again.

The high tomorrow is supposed to be only in the 70s. I'm surprised the temps won't drop that much without a thunderstorm, but none are predicted for tonight or tomorrow am.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Passerine - during the great Heat Wave of 2003 (i believe) where such temps lingered for weeks on end - i was in Europe and it was kind of cool to see how folks normally little exposed to such extremes reacted.

and in Interlaken the weather TV said at the top of Jungfraujoch it was, on the day i was in Interlaken, 30 C or 86F at the Jungfraujoch train summit - normal high would have been 0 degree C or 32 F
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Aug 20th, 2009, 12:01 PM
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I was living in Europe then (as now), it affected people more than you noticed. And don't forget thousands died directly/indirectly from that heat wave.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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The prediction for early September in London is in the low 20s about low 70sF. The Spring Tides around 6th September usually bring rather stormy weather but it doesn't normally last. Its a gradual cooling off period. It will be cooler in the evening.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 04:55 PM
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Re Canicule and Sirius. This term is used because the dog star ( canicule in French) or Sirius rises and sets with the sun from 22 July to 22 August (Source Le petit Robert)
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Aug 20th, 2009, 10:21 PM
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The French do not calculate a heatwave by the daytime temperatures but by the nighttime temperatures. If the low temperature does not go below something like 24° at night for several days in a row, that is what sets off an alert.
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Aug 20th, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Definition of canicule (source : French government) :

La canicule, c’est 3 jours consécutifs de chaleur le jour et surtout la nuit, avec des températures supérieures à des seuils établis par département.
Le corps ne se repose plus, se fatigue et supporte de moins en moins bien la chaleur.
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Aug 21st, 2009, 01:16 AM
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All things are relative ?

a humid 95F(35C) by day and 68F(20C) by night in Paris is unbearable for most.

These temperatures are normal most years in the South.

Orange has had 104F(40C) this week.

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Aug 21st, 2009, 04:10 AM
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michele_d you have just described a typical Sydney summer day. They go on for days on end and by the end of a week of that weather most of us are exhausted. Then we have this lovely 'southerly' change which bring a cool breeze and within 10 minutes everything cools right down and the humidity vanishes.

You are absolutely right about pacing yourself and keeping up the fluids.

Hope you are loving Paris.
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Aug 21st, 2009, 05:43 AM
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"Le corps ne se repose plus, se fatigue et supporte de moins en moins bien la chaleur."

That is a pretty good description of the way I've been feeling the past few years, but I've been assuming it was hormones.
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Aug 21st, 2009, 07:19 AM
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"That is a pretty good description of the way I've been feeling the past few years, but I've been assuming it was hormones."

Next time ask the weatherman instead of your doctor
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Aug 21st, 2009, 07:45 AM
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Aug 21st, 2009, 10:35 AM
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I went to the Bassin de la Villette 4 times this year and did not set foot at the Seine version of Paris Plages a single time.
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Aug 21st, 2009, 12:39 PM
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Oh to have a little heat. We are still waiting for spring to arrive never mind summer. The leaves on the trees started turning yellow the first weekend of this month. Last Friday evening it was only 13C and windy (morning temperature in the 6C range--I had 16 people for dinner and was hoping to be outside. Only the smokers went out.
I hate to think what it will be like when we get back from Paris next month--possibly snow??
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Aug 21st, 2009, 12:56 PM
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decee - what God Foresaken place do you live?
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Aug 21st, 2009, 02:29 PM
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On certain streets, the leaves are already falling in Paris.
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Aug 21st, 2009, 04:54 PM
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We live in Alberta,Canada and at times it does seem like we are living in a god forsaken place! We have had snow in August in previous years. I can only hope that mother nature will give us a mild winter--if not then I may just have to take an extended vacation and go visit our son in Singapore.

As long as it doesn't rain every day of our Paris holiday I will be happy!
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