THE France prepared this Sunday (7) for a fourth heat wave during the Northern Hemisphere summer, while the worst dry already recorded in the country has left villages without drinking water and farmers are warning of an impending shortage of milk in winter.
The Prime Minister’s Office Elisabeth Borne assembled a crisis team to tackle the drought, which has forced dozens of villages to rely on water deliveries by truck, has led state-owned EDF to reduce water production nuclear energy and stressed the crops.
Temperatures are expected to hit 37C in the southwest on Sunday, before warm air spreads northward earlier in the week.
“This new heat wave will likely set in,” said La Chaine Meteo, similar to US cable service The Weather Channel.
The national meteorological agency Meteo France said it was the worst drought since records began in 1958, and the drought is expected to worsen until at least the middle of the month. On average, less than 1 cm of rain fell in France in July.
The corn harvest is expected to be 18.5% smaller this year compared to 2021, according to the Agriculture Ministry, as Europeans face higher food prices as a result of lower-than-normal grain exports from China. Russia and the Ukraine .
Meanwhile, forage shortages because of the drought mean there could be a shortage of milk in the coming months, the National Federation of Farmers Unions said.
Nuclear operator EDF last week reduced its power output at a plant in southwestern France due to high temperatures on the Garonne River, and has issued ongoing warnings for reactors along the Rhône River.
Hot weather exacerbated the utility’s problems, with corrosion problems and extended maintenance on half of its 56 reactors reducing capacity while the Europe faces an energy crisis.
Water restrictions are in place across most of mainland France to save water, including in many places a ban on hoses and irrigation.
Source: CNN Brasil