Heat wave: a map reveals the hottest areas of Paris

The International Space Station reveals a satellite image of Paris during last June’s heat wave. We learn that some neighborhoods have broken records, with ground temperatures reaching mercury above 45°C!

In June 2022, France experienced the first heat wave of the year. Record temperatures have indeed been observed across the country, especially in Paris, where the thermometer has reached close to 40 degrees. An early heat wave that broke records and gave a taste of what was in store for Parisians this summer.

As the capital faces another heat wave this week, the 15th arrondissement town hall has broadcast on his Twitter account a map created by the International Space Station (ISS), which reveals the hottest areas of the capital.

Broadcast by the European Space Agency, the satellite image shows that the south of Paris (particularly on the side of the Versailles Exhibition Center and the 16th arrondissement), as well as the Parisian cemetery district of Pantin in the northeast, are the hottest areas of the capital. If we refer to the measuring scale indicated at the bottom right of the photo, we can see that in these perimeters the ground temperature reaches 48 degrees!

Conversely, and without great surprise, vegetated areas such as the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes, and the banks of the Seine, manage to maintain a temperature between 35 and 40 degrees, which is relatively equal (or even lower) to the atmospheric temperature .

“Something to encourage us to plant more and more”, says the city hall of the 15th arrondissement of Paris at the end of its Twitter message. A direct reference to “urban heat islands”with which the French capital is largely confronted due to its population density.

Urban heat islands are microclimates caused by intense human activity and the absence of vegetation in favor of concrete surfaces. In order to reduce the heat in large cities, several municipalities have implemented short or long-term plans and measures: insulation of building materials, greening of public buildings, promotion of soft transport to reduce pollution, fight against artificial soils, greening of schoolyards, spontaneous vegetation, etc.

(ETX Daily Up)

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