Hot in Italy, today no red dot but 10 cities in orange

The heatwave bulletin of the Ministry of Health: 11 in yellow, 6 green dots including Milan

Hot on Italy, even today, Sunday 30 July, no red dot for the 27 cities monitored by the Ministry of Health. Level 2 alert, therefore an orange sticker, in 10 capitals: these are Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Campobasso, Catania, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Rieti and Rome. Yellow stickerthen to Ancona, Bolzano, Florence, Frosinone, Latina, Messina, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Verona and Viterbo. Finally in greentherefore considered at zero level with no health risk, we find Brescia, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Milan, Trieste and Venice.

As for cities with orange dotwhich indicates weather conditions that may pose a health risk particularly in the most susceptible population subgroups, here are some general advice from the ministry.


– Avoid exposing yourself to heat and direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day (between 11.00 and 18.00): high temperatures and humidity can cause symptoms associated with heat and burns.

– Avoid particularly busy areas, especially for very young children, the elderly, people with asthma and other respiratory diseases, non self-sufficient or convalescent people. Go to public places such as parks and gardens in the cooler hours of the day.

– Go out in the coolest hours

– Spend the hottest hours of the day in the coolest room in the house, often dousing yourself with cool water.

– Ensures adequate air exchange: natural ventilation results in better air exchange than mechanical ventilation.

– Use the air conditioner correctly. If you only have one fan, use it by following a few precautions

– Wear light-colored, light clothing in natural fibers (e.g. cotton, linen), cover your head with a light-colored light hat and use sunglasses.

– Protect your skin from sunburn with high factor sunscreens.

– Drink liquids, moderating your intake of carbonated or sugary drinks, tea and coffee. Also avoid too cold drinks and alcoholic beverages.

– Follow a light diet, prefer pasta and fish to meat, avoiding processed and spicy foods; eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Pay attention to the correct conservation of perishable foods (e.g. dairy products, meat,) as high temperatures can favor the proliferation of pathogenic germs causing gastrointestinal pathologies.

– If you are taking medicines, do not autonomously suspend ongoing therapies but consult your doctor for any adjustments to the pharmacological therapy.

– Pay attention to the correct conservation of the medicines, keep them away from sources of heat and direct sunlight and store those in the refrigerator which require a conservation temperature not higher than 25-30°C.

– If the car is not air-conditioned, avoid setting off during the hottest hours of the day (11.00-18.00). Don’t forget to bring sufficient supplies of water with you in case of unexpected queues or queues.

– Do not leave non-self-sufficient people, children and the elderly, even for a short time, in the car parked in the sun.

– Make sure that sick and/or bedridden people are not covered too much.

– Offer assistance to people at greater risk (for example elderly people who live alone) and report any situations that require intervention to the social and health services. In elderly people, an alarm bell is the reduction of some daily activities (moving around the house, getting dressed, eating, going to the bathroom regularly, washing) which can indicate a worsening state of health.

– In the presence of symptoms of heat-related disorders, contact a doctor