Summer has finally come to Paris and boy, has it arrived with a vengeance! Since Sunday, June 23rd, the thermometer has been hovering in the upper 80s (or around 30°C) here in the city and with a heat wave arriving, highs are expected to reach over 100°F (40°C) on Thursday and Friday. As the canicule is projected to last through the weekend, here are some tips to help you cool off during this period of intense heat in the capital.
The City of Paris has taken several actions to prepare for the extreme heat. This entire week, thirteen different parks in Paris are remaining open all night as the temperature is actually 1°C -2°C cooler in the parks than elsewhere in the city, according to Mayor Anne Hidalgo. More than 123 public gardens are also currently open 24 hours a day, so you can go anytime to seek shade.
Some 1200 water fountains and misting systems are installed in the capital so that inhabitants and tourists alike can quench their thirst and refresh themselves
Public swimming pools will also be open until 10:30 pm on a rotation system – see Our Top 10 Pools in Paris here – and it will also be possible to take a dip in the Bassin de la Villette. There’s also a high-tech way to stay cool – the Extrema Paris mobile app can point you to one of over 900 refreshing spots in the city (parks, gardens, churches, museums…).
You can also always choose to quench your thirst with a cold drink on a shaded café terrasse or enjoy an ice cream or sorbet to help you cool off.
With rising temperatures come increased health risks, especially for children, the elderly, and those with medical conditions. So, in addition to these Paris-specific plans, we’re reminding you of the basic steps to take in the event of a heat wave.
Remember to drink water regularly and avoid alcohol (
Wishing you bon courage for coping with the canicule !