Another heatwave hit Italy. Over the weekend, eight cities, including the capital, are on the highest level of alert. Unusually high temperatures are also recorded in the mountains.
The Ministry of Health declared the highest level of alert in eight Italian cities on Saturday and Sunday. Red alert due to temperatures reaching 30-40 degrees Celsius is in effect in Rome, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Florence, Latina, Perugia and Rieti.
It will also be very hot, up to 37 degrees, in cities in the north, including Milan, where the felt temperature will be even higher.
The Ministry of Health pointed out that the heat, often combined with high air humidity, poses a health risk to the entire population.
Hot high in the mountains
The mountains are also exceptionally warm. According to the meteorologist Antonio Sano from the website il.meteo.it, it has never been as hot in the mountains as it is now.
At night, Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the Alps, is two degrees above zero, and in other places in the mountains during the day, at a height of one thousand meters above sea level, the temperature reaches 33 degrees Celsius, Sano said. The specialist warned that the record heat in the mountains is having a serious impact on the condition of the glaciers.
Sano added that during this heatwave, the temperature in the northern part of the country will be 8-10 degrees Celsius higher than the average for this period.
The heat wave in Italy was brought by another anticyclone from Africa. During the previous days in Morocco, even 50 degrees were recorded. The heatwave is expected to last until August 24-25.
The heat coincides with the first wave of mass returns from holidays. The culmination of traffic on motorways and roads in Italy is forecast for Sunday.
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