From walking the dog at midnight to a dip in the canal, I tested the heatwave plan as the city reached 42.6C. Here’s how it went
Last week, as Paris faced down its hottest day since records began, the city authorities declared their readiness. Since the notorious heatwave of 2003 that killed thousands across France, the capital has put in place a heat strategy: cooling areas, a checking system for vulnerable people, shady parks kept open all night.
Could these strategies actually work against a predicted record temperature of 42C (107.6F)? A study released this week shows that the world has never warmed faster than now. By 2050, the average temperature in the hottest month in Paris will rise by six degrees. This heatwave might be the new normal.
I take my dog for a quick morning walk before the pavement becomes too hot for his paws
There’s an eerie hush as small family groups take refuge in the shade
I know I will live, best case, to see these problems get much worse. I feel a kind of existential dread
I’m acutely aware that I’m healthy, and have some freedom and control over my movements. Many Parisians don’t