Italy in the grip of the heat, hot weekend: up to 16 red dot cities

Today 10 cities with the strongest heat wave. In Rome it could reach 42 degrees, 47 in Cagliari

Weekend of record heat for Italy, where the red dot cities will reach 16. Level 3 indicates emergency conditions (heat wave) with possible negative effects on the health of healthy and active people and not only on risk subgroups such as the elderly, very young children and people with chronic diseases. The longer the heat wave lasts, the greater the negative health effects are expected.

Today, Friday 14 July, the hottest centers are 10: Bologna, Campobasso, Florence, Frosinone, Latina, Perugia, Pescara, Rieti, Rome and Viterbo. Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Civitavecchia and Messina will be added to these on Saturday 15th. Palermo will also be red dot on Sunday. As for the municipalities with an orange dot – which indicates meteorological conditions that can pose a risk to health, in particular in the most susceptible population subgroups – today there are 6 (Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Civitavecchia, Messina, Palermo), tomorrow Ancona will be orange , Bolzano, Genoa, Palermo, Reggio Calabria and Trieste). On Sunday, however, Ancona, Bolzano, Genoa, Milan, Reggio Calabria, Trieste, Venice and Verona will be in level 2.

As we read on, over the weekend the anticyclone Cerberus will give way to the even hotter sub-tropical anticyclone Charon. “The real heat is yet to come. Because for now, so to speak, he’s kidding.” So to Adnkronos Mattia Gussoni, meteorologist of announcing that “the real heat wave, brought by this African anticyclone, will arrive above all from Sunday onwards. We will probably expect the highest temperatures between Tuesday and Wednesday. We are right on the threshold of a truly exceptional heat wave and this is part of the broader picture of climate change underway, which has very high temperature peaks as direct consequences”.

“In Rome in particular, the historic temperature record could be broken and peaks of 41-42 degrees could be reached, a truly exceptional event, – Gussoni points out – But the heat wave will be exceptional above all in Sardinia, because in the areas internal, in the southern part, in the province of Cagliari, peaks of 46 or even 47 degrees could be reached”.

Ways out of this situation? “At the moment we don’t see any – continues Gussoni – especially in the central south and the major islands, this sort of atmospheric blockade of the African anticyclone could last for the whole month of July. While in the north, probably towards the end of next week, there could be some thunderstorms in the Alps and in the plains”.