The weather in Italy is not calming down. On Tuesday and Wednesday, people have to be prepared for extreme temperatures. The highest heat level was declared.
Rome / Munich – The situation in southern Europe is threatening. Forest fires are spreading in Greece, Turkey and Italy and people have to be evacuated. Italy is now facing a new extreme heat wave. The Ministry of Health warns.
Extreme weather in Italy: Highest heat level issued
Vacationers and residents of Italy have to prepare for the enormous heat again. For Tuesday (August 10th) and Wednesday (August 11th) the Italian Ministry of Health issued the highest heat level three for some parts of the country. Most recently, forest fires caused a critical situation in several areas due to a mixture of heat, drought and strong winds.
The now valid warning from the Ministry of Health affects people on the Adriatic coast in the area around the city of Bari, in Rome and the surrounding region of Lazio, in Sicily around the city of Palermo and in Umbria in central Italy. In Sicily and Sardinia, disaster control expects up to 45 degrees Celsius in some cases. Meteorologists even expect temperatures of up to 48 degrees, like Tagesschau.de reported. The Italian weather service also predicts “extreme heat” meteo.it.
Most recently, Sicily and Sardinia were particularly hard hit by forest fires. The authorities are concerned about ongoing forest fires in the south and on the large islands just mentioned. The forest fires could spread because of the heat coupled with the drought. On Wednesday and Thursday, the heat should also hit Naples, Florence, Milan and Bolzano, like Tagesschau.de reported. The highest warning level will then be declared for a total of 27 Italian cities.
Extreme weather conditions in Italy: warning of health consequences
With heat level three, the Ministry of Health in Italy warns of negative health effects not only for risk groups such as the elderly or young children, but also for healthy people. The experts advised people to avoid the heat and sun as well as strenuous activities between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, the experts made a recommendation for wearing light clothing made of natural fibers and headgear as well as the use of sunscreen. In addition, people should drink enough water.
In addition to the extreme weather situation, an eruption of the Etna volcano in Sicily caused a stir. His “roar” roused people from their sleep. (mbr / dpa)
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