With temperatures expected to reach 36ºC in the shade this afternoon in Tarn and Tarn and Garonne an orange alert for "canicule" has been announced. The very hot weather has lasted the 5 days necessary to trigger departmental plans for the safety of people at risk - generally older residents.
The main advice is to keep hydrated, keep cool with fans, visit places with air conditioning, close shutters and curtains. If the swimming pool or river/lake is your main source of cooling, wear strong sun protection and keep an eye on children. And check that elderly neighbours living alone have enough to drink.
It's too late to remind you now, but it is a good idea to plan your outdoor work for early in the morning and later in the evening (even at night, given the high night temperatures making sleeping difficult).
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