Record temperatures are expected in the coming days in Italy, where historical records may be broken.

The health ministry has issued a weekend-long red alert for many cities in central Italy, from Rome to Bologna and Florence to Pescara, where the thermometer is expected to reach 36/37 degrees Celsius as early as Sunday (39 degrees Celsius felt temperature), before the peak of heat expected at the start of the week.

In Rome, temperatures could reach up to 40C on Monday, then 42 or 43C on Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 40.5C set in the Italian capital in August 2007.

Sardinia may also break the record of 48.8 degrees Celsius on August 11, 2021, which was the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe.

The Italian north is not expected to escape the heat either, as it is expected that Milan will have 38 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

Health and medical structures have been mobilized throughout the country to care for the most vulnerable people who suffer mainly from dehydration and to intervene in nursing homes.

In 2022, heat in Europe caused the death of 60,000 people, including 18,000 in Italy, which was the country most affected, according to a study published on Monday in Nature Medicine.