Red alert for 11 Italian cities as heatwave peaks

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The heatwave Italy is currently enduring is set to peak on Monday, with 11 cities being put on the health ministry’s maximum, red alert for heat.

The cities are Bolzano, Trieste, Bologna, Florence, Ancona, Rome, Latina, Rieti, Campobasso, Frosinone and Perugia.

The number of cities on red alert is set to drop to six on Tuesday.

Hot weather in Rome
A tourist under the sun on a 41 Celcius degree hot day in Isola Tiberina, Rome, Italy, on the 11 August 2019. According to weather forecasts, warm winds from northern Africa will affect central and southern Italy with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO PERI

The surface temperature, which is different to the air temperature, reached 50° over the last few days in parts of Italy because of the heatwave.
The worst-hit regions in terms of surface area were Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia as well as parts of Campania, Lazio, Tuscany and Marche.


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