A significant heatwave is about to hit France at the end of August. Extreme temperatures for the season are expected between Friday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 23. Here are the complete forecasts for Disneyland Paris.
France is preparing to endure one of the latest heatwaves in its history. In the coming hours and days, the mercury will rise sharply, far exceeding the seasonal norms. Visitors to Disneyland Paris can expect a real scorcher in the coming days. Even though the temperatures are not expected to exceed 34°C (93°F), this is already well above the usual conditions. The most heat-sensitive guests should be prepared for the heat! Here are our forecasts, updated on August 17.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: up to 31°C (88°F)
On Thursday, August 17, the temperatures are already well above the seasonal norms at Disneyland parks. A high of 29°C (84°F) has been recorded, which is 4°C more than usual. On Friday, the thermometer will heat up even more, reaching around 31°C (88°F). Despite a wind blowing at 20 km/h, it will be very hot before the weekend.
This weekend, August 19 and 20, the weather will be more or less the same. The sun should shine quite extensively in the sky. Saturday’s highs will be around 30°C (86°F), and Sunday’s around 31°C (88°F). Nights will be warm and mild, with temperatures struggling to drop below 20°C (68°F).
Heatwave on tuesday and wednesday
On Monday, the sun will still be shining brightly in Chessy (Seine-et-Marne), home to Disneyland Paris. The wind will blow around 15 km/h, and the mercury should rise again to 30°C (86°F). Tuesday will mark the beginning of the real heatwave above the parks. Expect temperatures close to 32/33°C (89/91°F) locally in the area. A real furnace for visitors not used to such values.
Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week. According to Météo France’s forecasts, the mercury could climb up to 33/34°C (91/93°F) in the heart of the day. Despite the wind, it will be very hot, even in the evening. We recommend avoiding sun exposure on Wednesday, especially between 12 pm and 4 pm, as the UV rays may still be quite strong despite the approaching end of summer.
End of week with thunderstorms ?
Finally, on Thursday, the temperature will still be relatively high, with highs around 29°C (84°F) in the Marne-la-Vallée complex. The weather will be quite heavy all day and into the evening despite a light breeze around 15km/h. This day could signal what’s next: a heavy end of the week, perhaps with thunderstorms.
Indeed, on Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, Météo France forecasts (as of the latest update) the arrival of an unstable mass that may generate some showers. Locally stormy showers could occur on these dates. The following Sunday and week should then be a bit cooler with values close to seasonal norms. Rain is expected to return starting August 28. Forecasts that remain to be confirmed in the coming days.
France opens crisis unit
According to France Info, twelve additional departments, including Allier, Cantal, Puy-de-Dôme, Doubs, Jura, Saône-et-Loire, Corrèze, Gers, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn, and Tarn-et-Garonne, will be placed under orange alert by Météo-France, starting Friday, August 18, from noon, joining the seven departments already on alert.
France is preparing for its most intense and one of the latest heat episodes of the summer, with temperatures reaching up to 40°C (104°F) in some regions, such as Aquitaine and Rhône-Alpes. The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, has even convened an inter-ministerial crisis unit to address this heatwave. Authorities remain particularly vigilant, especially after recording at least 30 additional deaths in late July in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region during the second heatwave of the summer.
What to do at Disneyland during a heatwave and how to protect yourself from the heat ?
Visiting Disneyland during a heatwave can be challenging, especially with extremely high temperatures. Here are some tips for enjoying your stay at Disneyland while protecting yourself from the heat:
- Hydration: Bring water bottles with you and make sure to drink regularly. Water points are available in the park for rehydration.
- Seek Shade: Plan your visit by favoring indoor attractions or shaded areas. Use a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.
- Use Air-conditioned Spaces: Disneyland offers several air-conditioned areas where you can cool off. Take advantage of restaurants, shops, or indoor attractions to escape the heat.
- Opt for Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen generously before going to the park and reapply regularly throughout the day.
- Wear Suitable Clothing: Choose light clothing, breathable materials, and light colors. They will help you stay cool during your visit.
- Plan Your Day: Try to arrive early in the morning or stay late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Use the Disneyland app to know waiting times and optimize your itinerary.
- Be Mindful of Your Body: If you start to feel dizzy, tired, or nauseous, take a break in a cool place and drink plenty of water.
- Use Medical Services if Needed: Disneyland has medical centers on-site. Don’t hesitate to use them if you or someone in your group shows symptoms of heatstroke.
By following these tips, you can enjoy Disneyland even during a heatwave. Planning and precaution are essential to ensure that you and your family are safe and make the most of your magical day under the sun.
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