Italy issues heatwave red alert for 14 cities
Europe in the midst of a record heat wave.
Italy’s health ministry issued a maximum “red alert” alert for nine cities on Wednesday, rising to 14 on Thursday due to an intense heat wave, with temperatures set at 40C.
The cities included in the ‘bollino rosso‘warning on Wednesday July 20 are Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Florence, Genoa, Latina, Perugia, Rieti and Rome.
On Thursday July 21, five more cities will be added to the level 3 red alert list: Campobasso, Frosinone, Milan, Turin and Viterbo.
There ‘bollino rosso‘ indicates emergency conditions with possible negative effects not only on the elderly, sick or very young, but also on healthy and active people.
The extreme heat comes as northern Italy battles a water crisis caused by the worst drought in 70 years amid a record-breaking heat wave in Europe.
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The Ministry of Health recommends avoiding sun exposure and outdoor activities in the middle of the day, as well as advising people to drink plenty of water, eat lightly and store their medications well.
Small children and pets should never be left in cars, even for a short time, and people should watch elderly neighbors who live alone. Dogs should be walked early in the morning or in the evening and have plenty of water to drink.
For more details, see the Ministry of Health website. Photo credit: Vereshchagin Dmitry / Shutterstock.com.