Another scorching heatwave threatens Italy as thermometers soar

The heat is affecting both tourists and residents of Italian cities.
The heat is affecting both tourists and residents of Italian cities.
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Katarzyna Wośko

8 July 2024 17:34

Another African anticyclone has moved over Italy, and meteorologists predict that temperatures will rise above 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days. A heatwave will engulf the entire country.

As of Monday, the intense heat was already prevailing in many regions. It will be even more noticeable on Tuesday, when the second orange level of alert in the three-level scale will be in effect, among others, in Rome, Latina, and Perugia.

Alert in thirteen cities

On Wednesday, the orange alert will be extended and will apply to a total of 13 cities, including Palermo, Bologna, and Trieste. The Ministry of Health announces this alert.

In the Eternal City and Florence, temperatures will reach 38 degrees Celsius, and in Sardinia and Sicily, from 40 to 43 degrees Celsius.

The heat will persist at least until Thursday.

Due to the high temperatures, doctors urge people not to forget proper body hydration and to avoid leaving the house during the hottest hours.

Tourists are not following recommendations

As observed by Italian media in previous years, both individual tourists and tour groups usually do not follow recommendations to avoid being outdoors during the hottest part of the day. Italians emphasize that it is rare for tours to adjust their sightseeing programmes to the extraordinarily difficult weather conditions.

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