Monday, September 11, is back to school day in Monaco for state schools and colleges, although ISM started the Autumn Term almost two weeks ago.

As 5,657 pupils restart classes, traffic is expected to intensify to reach considerably higher levels than during the long summer break, with more than 100,000 vehicles entering the Principality each weekday.

Apart from the fact that many tourists are still visiting the Principality during September, adding to overall traffic, the latest heatwave poses a threat of high levels of pollution from car exhausts and the possibility of an ozone alert.

Readers are urged to use public transport whenever possible.

Meanwhile, on the railways, SNCF has said it will maintain the same enhanced service it provided to Monaco during the summer, at least for the time being.

FILE PHOTO: Heavy traffic during the Monte-Carlo Masters

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