June 27, 2019 -
France registered its highest temperature since records began Friday, agency Meteo France reported, with much of Europe engulfed in a sweltering heatwave.
The mercury hit 44.3 (111.74 Fahrenheit) degrees centigrade in Carpentras, in the southern Vaucluse region. The previous record was 44.1 centigrade, reached during the deadly heatwave of 2003.
Almost the entire country is on orange alert — the second-highest in the agency’s scale for weather warnings. And four regions in the southern part of the country were put under red alert — the highest using the same scale — on Friday.
The heat could lead to a 10% cut in wheat production, one analyst told CNBC. “Currently we have very high temperatures in France and we feel that will have some impact on wheat yield,” Gautier Maupu, international consultant at Agritel, a French agricultural and agroindustry markets research provider, told CNBC Thursday.
He explained that the very high temperatures can affect yield potential, given that the crops are currently on their last cycle. Production can decrease between 5% to 10%, he said.
If the heatwave lasts more than 10 days, the reduction in yield will be even higher, Maupu added.
Spain, Germany and Switzerland are also being impacted by higher temperatures. Germany, where freeways do not have speed limits, introduced caps on speed due to the risk of heat damaging road surfaces.
“It will also make life miserable for many farmers who will struggle to feed their animals when harvests aren’t producing enough to keep them going through the cold months,” Erixon also said.