Heatwave: orange heat alert ends with spectacular storm and cooler temperatures

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Météo France has lifted the orange alert in Monaco and the Alpes-Maritimes after 15 consecutive days of punishing heat. What’s in store for the rest of the month? 

The Charon heatwave that has been wreaking havoc across southern Europe, including locally on the Côte d’Azur and Monaco, may finally be in its death throws.  

After weeks of punishing heat, forest fires and human casualties in the Mediterranean basin, the mercury is finally dropping to a more comfortable level in the French Riviera after a storm swept through the region in the wee hours of Monday morning. 


The storm has been welcomed on several fronts. As the region is desperately dry, this gave some much needed moisture to thirsty plants, and also reduced the Météo France orange alert that had been in place to a more hospitable yellow alert. 

The yellow warning does still require people to be aware when spending time outdoors, but means that the super intense heat of the last fortnight has passed. Storm warnings, however, do remain in effect in some parts of the region.   

Temperatures in the Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco started off between 19°C and a still rather warm 27°C on the morning of 24th July, but should settle into between 26°C and 30°C during the afternoon.  


The rest of the month is looking more manageable and temperatures may even be below seasonal norms in some places.

Monaco’s temperatures on 25th and 26th July will still be elevated, with nights hovering in the 26°C range, but by 27th July, both days and nights will be cooler. Nighttime temperatures are expected to be a more comfortable 22°C while the days will remain below 30°C. 

This general pattern is expected to continue through the rest of the week and weekend, with stormy weather forecast for higher altitudes on Friday. 


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