Both daytime and nighttime high temperatures broke records in the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes on Tuesday, as the late-August heatwave gripped the headlines.

Although neither Department was added to an extensive list of regions under a red alert, Météo-France said that its predictions of high temperatures never seen before in the second half of August had been realised.

The Var was most affected on Tuesday, with a high of 42 degrees in Cogolin. Winds coming from onshore acted as a brake on the usual sea breeze that cools the coast, meteorologists said.

In Valbonne, in the Alpes-Maritimes, the overnight temperature fell only as far as 29.1, easily beating the previous record of 27.3 of June 2019.

In the meantime, at the Airport in Nice another new nighttime record was set from Monday to Tuesday, at 28.6 degrees.

In Monaco, temperatures are due to subside to more comfortable levels starting from Sunday, August 27.