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Italy set to sizzle under yet another heatwave

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Italy set to sizzle under yet another heatwave
A tourist cools off in central Rome's Ara Pacis fountain in early July. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
12:43 CEST+02:00
The dip in temperatures over the weekend across Italy, after an almost month-long heatwave, was simply a respite.

Make the most of the balmy Monday, as temperatures will start to creep up again towards 40 degrees Celsius from Tuesday, particularly in the central and southern regions, forecasters have said.

The persistent heat, which is forecast to last into next week, will surely propel July 2015 into the record books as the hottest month ever.

Edoardo Ferrara, a meteorologist with 3bmeteo.com, described the most recent heatwave as “the most intense in 70 years”.

Friday July 31st and August 1st will be the hottest days, 3bmeteo.com said, with temperatures peaking at 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the south and Sicily.

The northern regions will be a lot cooler, with the odd shower.

Over 100 people have died of the heat since the start of July, with Arpa Piedmont saying earlier this month that 140 pensioners had died in the region alone. Other lives have been claimed in Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia.

The hot temperatures are reminiscent of the summer of 2003, when the whole of Europe was gripped by a heatwave that killed 18,000 people in Italy alone.

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