Sometimes you have to take a step back to realize the seriousness of the situation.
While France is hit by a historic drought, Lyon and its region are not left out.
And this is proven by satellite images posted by Météo-France. On the first shot, we see Lyon and its surroundings in the summer of 2021, a season “recognized as wet”. Everything is green, with a few hints of yellow here and there. The image has something reassuring.
Quite the opposite of the second image, priced on August 10 of this year. The green has finally totally disappeared, the place of the yellow has disappeared, which has taken over the vegetation. Météo-France pointed out that the plume of white smoke on the right in this year’s photo corresponds to the fumes emitted by the Cernon fire in the Jura.
2022 is not Lyon’s first dry summer. When we also look at the satellite images taken in 2020 and 2018, the green is in sharp decline. But not as much as this year.
As a reminder, the Rhône prefecture has taken several orders to fight against this drought and avoid having to manage forest fires. The use of water is particularly restricted.