Maximum "red" danger level will be assigned in the coming weekend once 10 major cities in Italy due to abnormal heat and suffocating heat, wave which recently befell the Apennines.
According to information posted Friday on the website of the Ministry of Health of Italy, we are, in particular, the cities such as Rome, Bologna, Perugia, Brescia, Reggio Calabria, where the mercury thermometer has crept close to the 40-degree mark.
Local meteorologists have dubbed the current atmospheric phenomenon associated with the arrival of large numbers of the Apennines, hot air from North Africa, "Charon". Italians have long been accustomed to the fact that in the summer they are expected for several weeks at a temperature well above the 30 degree heat, but endure the heat of summer, accompanied by high humidity and stuffiness terrifying, difficult or residents, nor the many foreign tourists.
Experts warn that exposure to African anticyclone temperatures in many parts of Italy at the weekend to reach 40 degrees. National Civil Defence has put in a number of Italian regions, including Emilia-Romagna, seriously affected by the two devastating earthquakes in May, the regime increased danger from Friday June 29 to Monday, July 2.
In Umbria, the regional authorities have even decided to declare a state of emergency because of the heat wave. In Tuscany particular concern of local authorities is a long lack of rain: Set the drought there is the strongest in the last 100 years. Even in the northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige are now taking emergency measures due to the fact that the air temperature in many communities situated in the mountains, has already topped 35 degrees. Naturally, the greatest concern is the situation in the southern regions of the country, particularly in Sicily. Meteorologists warn also that in some regions of Italy, in particular, in Piedmont, due to record heat in the coming days are possible heavy rains and gusty winds of great strength.
Italian Ministry of Health on June 20 began a massive campaign to inform the public about the dangers of heat for health, called "Quiet summer: how to beat the heat." The country has a free referral telephone line in 1500, on which day the experts answer all questions from citizens.
In this situation, doctors strongly advised not to go outside during the hottest time of the day and drink plenty of water. Health Ministry also issued a formal recommendation, consisting of 10 items, in which physicians are reminded how to behave in extreme heat.
However, "Charon" has brought the first victim. On Thursday, as a result of heat waves on the beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea died two elderly men — 71-year-old Leghorn and 70-year-old resident of Perugia. In this context, doctors urge extreme caution to all persons belonging to the so-called "at risk", especially for older people with a number of chronic diseases.