NewsItaly braces for brutal heatwave, tourists ignore warnings

Italy braces for brutal heatwave, tourists ignore warnings

The heat is taking its toll on both tourists and residents of Italian cities.
The heat is taking its toll on both tourists and residents of Italian cities.
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7:06 PM EDT, July 8, 2024

Another African anticyclone has moved over Italy, which in the coming days will bring temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A heatwave will engulf the entire country, meteorologists predict.

The intense heat is already prevailing in many regions as of Monday. It will be even more pronounced on Tuesday, when the second, orange level of alert in the three-level scale will be in effect in places such as Rome, Latina, and Perugia.

Alert in thirteen cities

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

The temperatures in the Eternal City and Florence will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in Sardinia and Sicily, from 104 to 109 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat will persist at least until Thursday.

Due to the high temperatures, doctors urge 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 programs to extraordinarily difficult weather conditions.

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