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How to Keep Cool in Paris During the Hottest Week of June

Tips for Beating the Heat in Paris

Summer is finally here and it arrived with the heat on full blast! This week all over Europe, temperatures are set to reach record highs, so here are a few tips for staying cool while visiting Paris.

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 quand il fait chaud. The Parc Martin Luther King, the Jardin de l’Acclimatation, and the Parc André Citröen also have in-ground fountains for children (and adults) to play in and 35 temporary fountains will also be put in place around the city.

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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.

General Heatwave Health Tips

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 (oui, that includes wine) as well as drinks that are too sweet or foods that are fatty (and yes, we even mean le fromage). Splash yourself with cool water throughout the day, and avoid strenuous physical activities, especially during the hottest hours of the day (usually 3-5pm). Also, don’t forget to apply (and re-apply) sunscreen, and stay in touch with your friends and family.

Wishing you bon courage for coping with the canicule !


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