Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Venice appeals to residents to keep eye on hot fish


Rome, August 7 - You know it's hot in Italy when
even the fish in Venice's lagoon are suffering.
As average temperatures persist as high as 40 degrees C in
parts of the peninsula, damage was feared to crops and gardens,
to say nothing of health risks to the young and old.
Even the fish were reportedly showing signs of heat strain.
Venice city councillors called on citizens Wednesday to
keep an eye out for dead fish as hot weather threatened to kill
fish and rot seaweed in the lagoon around the iconic city.
Environment commissioner Gianfranco Bettin appealed for
residents to alert the authorities at the first sign of rotting
Meanwhile, some of the hottest conditions were reported in
the Emilia-Romagna region of the central Italy, as well as in
the South as weather system Styx continued to make itself felt.
At least 17 cities were placed under serious health
warnings because of the heat, with vulnerable senior citizens
and children as well as those with chronic health conditions
said to be at the greatest risk.
Consumer group Codacons said that city emergency rooms
everywhere from Milan to Rimini, Perugia, Verona, Padova to
Pescara were faced with significantly high numbers of visits
from people suffering from the heat.
However, weather watchers said a storm system set to erupt
by the weekend could bring some relief from the summer's third
major heat wave.
Unfortunately, that eruption will mean some "violent"
thunderstorms in Italy's northwest areas, likely as early as
Thursday or possibly Friday, said Antonio Sano, director of
And that could even bring hail and tornadoes to some parts
of Italy, he warned.
Temperatures should ease by at least a few degrees through
the centre and south of the country so that by Saturday,
long-suffering visitors residents should feel "a real change,"
he said.
Warm weather will continue next week but with slightly less
blistering heat, according to the experts.

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