After a brief respite, temperatures across Italy are set to creep up again this week, eclipsing 42 degrees Celsius in Sardinia Island.
The latest heatwave could not only be “the most intense of 2018, in Italy, but also of the last few years”, meteorologists said.
Temperatures will rise steadily over the next few days, hitting between 38-44°C.
The hottest regions will be Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo and Lazio, while Sardinia will swelter under temperatures of 44°C.
“The heat will be especially acute in the second half of the week,” meteorologists said.
The Alpine areas won’t be spared either, with temperatures forecast to hover around 32 degrees Celsius. The heatwave will last until around 8th August.