A red alert was issued for Rome and other Italian towns on Monday as the nation prepared for a severe heatwave that was expected to set records, according to meteorologists.
Given that Europe has been experiencing a heatwave for several weeks, forecasters anticipated temperatures in cities across the nation to hover around 40 degrees Celsius for the remainder of this week.
The red alert was issued by the Italian Ministry of Health on Monday for at least one of the following three days in nine of the nation’s 27 major cities.
Rome, the country’s capital; Florence, in central Italy; and Bologna, in the north, are among the cities.
On Tuesday, even Bolzano, in the far north of the nation, will be on high alert.
By Wednesday, eight more of the 27 cities will be under orange alert, leaving only four under green status, which denotes normal temperatures.
Red alerts contain detailed instructions for staying inside and taking other safety precautions during the warmest portion of the day, even for young, healthy locals, warning that high temperatures can pose a “risk to life” if not managed properly.
The same risks are indicated by an orange notice, but only for very young people, the elderly, and people with health issues.
The hospitals in the impacted areas will be prepared to receive patients who have heat stroke as a result of the notifications.
There are cautions about potential energy supply restrictions and infrastructural damage. The government may permit free public drinking in some cities.