Italy’s health ministry has declared the highest level of weather danger, red, in 16 cities across the country, including Rome, due to expected hot weather on Saturday. The relevant notification was posted on the department’s website on August 5.
Due to the hot weather, meteorologists urge to observe all precautionary measures. This applies especially to children and elderly people. They are advised to stay at home as much as possible, drink more water and limit physical exertion.
The data of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Scientific Research Council of Italy show that the temperature in Italy is 0.98 degrees higher than the historical average for the first time in 7 months of the current year.
The average temperature in June was 2.88 degrees above average, which is close to the maximum recorded in 2003, and July was 2.26 degrees above average. The Italian association of agricultural producers Coldiretti does not rule out that the damage from dry weather in Italy can reach 6 billion euros, according to which the production volumes of the agricultural branch can be reduced by 10 percent.
Agricultural workers warn that more than a quarter of the country’s territory is under threat of desertification, and wheat production in Italy is likely to drop by 30 percent this year due to drought, TASS reported.