France is grappling with its worst drought on record and temperatures continue to rise – National

France braced itself for a fourth heatwave this summer on Sunday as the worst drought on record left parched villages without clean drinking water and farmers warned of a looming winter milk shortage.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne’s office has set up a crisis team to deal with a drought that has forced scores of villages to rely on trucked water supplies and prompted state-owned utility EDF EDF.PA to curb nuclear power output and stressed crops .

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Temperatures were expected to hit 37 degrees Celsius in the southwest on Sunday before hot air spreads north earlier in the week.

“This new heatwave is likely to kick in,” La Chaine told Meteo, similar to US cable service The Weather Channel.

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National weather agency Meteo France said it was the worst drought since records began in 1958 and the drought was expected to worsen by at least the middle of the month. On average, less than 1 cm of rain fell across France in July.

The corn harvest is expected to be 18.5% lower this year compared to 2021, according to the Agriculture Ministry, while Europeans grapple with higher food prices due to underperforming grain exports from Russia and Ukraine. Read the full story

Meanwhile, a shortage of fodder due to the drought could mean there could be a shortage of milk in the coming months, the National Confederation of Farmers’ Unions said.


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Nuclear operator EDF reduced output at a facility in south-west France last week due to high river temperatures on the Garonne and issued ongoing warnings for reactors along the Rhone.

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The hot weather has exacerbated the utility’s woes as corrosion problems and prolonged maintenance work on half of its 56 reactors reduce capacity as Europe grapples with an energy crisis. Read the full story

Almost all of mainland France has water restrictions in place to conserve water, including hose and irrigation bans in many places.

(Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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