"Hailstorms have hit northern Italy as near-record temperatures begin to ebb,
but forecasters have warned of a fourth heatwave hitting southern Europe next
week, with temperatures of up to 48C.
More than 110 people had sustained injuries after the north-eastern Italian
region of Veneto was hit on Thursday by extreme weather, including large
hailstones, said the governor, Luca Zaia, who declared a regional state of
emergency for the areas affected.
In Croatia, a firefighter died on Thursday during a storm that swept the
Balkans after the heatwave, taking the death toll to six, officials said.
Zaia told Italy’s news agency Ansa
: “The hail that fell was absolutely out of
the ordinary, with stones of ice that in some cases had diameters of over
Italy remained in the grip of its third heatwave of the summer even though the
peak passed on Wednesday.
Rome’s civil protection department had set up 28 “heat help points” around the
city to try to prevent residents and tourists having health problems in the
extreme temperatures, Ansa
Some hospitals registered a 20%-25% increase in numbers arriving at emergency
units with dehydration or other illnesses caused by heat exposure.
The national association of Italian alpine guides said the intense heat of
recent days could cause landslides in the glaciers in the north of the country,
while in Matera, local authorities had banned the circulation of horse-drawn
vehicles, including carriages and buggies generally used by tourists, to
protect the animals."
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