The MétéoFrance web site seems to be off-line. I wonder it it has been overwhelmed and has crashed because of today's extreme weather. (Here is confirmation.) This is supposed to be the last and hottest day of the current épisode caniculaire, the hot spell or heat wave. Here's the Accuweather forecast for Paris today.
Forecast for Paris today
The predicted high in Paris, 106ºF, equals 41ºC. I wonder if it will be an all-time high for the city (it the temperature actually gets that high). Meanwhile, I wonder the same thing about Saint-Aignan. Here's the Accuweather forecast for us today. The predicted high, 109ºF, is 43ºC.
Forecast for Saint-Aignan today
Yesterday we closed the house up tighter than we ever have before, and kept the fans going even though all the windows on the main floor and up in the loft were shut tight. It stayed slightly cooler in the house overall, I think, but the loft was still suffocatingly hot. We mangaged to sleep there last night anyway, and I slept pretty well. Low humidity, rapid cooling once the sun went down, and a big electric fan made it bearable.
Looking out a west-facing window a couple of days ago via this photo above, you can see how plants with deep roots — hedges, trees, and the grapevines — have held up despite the searing heat and extreme drought conditions.
And skies have been very pretty during this whole period of extreme drought. It still hasn't rained since about June 15. That is supposed to change over the next couple of days. The other weather site we track, www.météociel.fr, says we should expect some rain tomorrow (Fri.) and rain pretty much all day Saturday, with a high of 70ºF. Won't that be a shock...