Italy swelters in first heatwave of the summer

Published on Jul 31, 2015
AP TELEVISION 1. Wide of the Coliseum, a tourist taking a drink of water in foreground 2. Close up of bottle being filled at water fountain central Rome 3. Tracking shot of boy holding water bottle to face 4. Mid of people queuing to fill bottles at water fountain 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marta Kornel, tourist from Germany: “Oh man it’s hot, I live in Germany and I am melting down, melting. I would like to get this water and just…” (mimes pouring water from bottle over herself) “But, you know what? That’s what we were talking about this morning, that the beauty of Rome, because it’s so beautiful, you’re able to tolerate the heat, you know what I mean? But I wish there was like… it’s great to have the water fountains and stuff, you know here, it helps us.” 6. Wide of heat reflecting off surface of road leading to Coliseum 7. Mid of woman fanning herself 8. Mid of tourists 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Diane Brooks, tourist from London: “Keeping cool, definitely. Keeping cool, soak your hands, soak your feet, soak your… see I use this ice water on my neck, it keeps me nice and cool. And usually I wear a hat but I left it at home today.” 10. Wide of Coliseum, tilt down to tourists by water fountain 11. Close up of man in hat with an umbrella 12. Wide of Pantheon Square in central Rome, fountain in foreground 13. Mid of people dipping their hands in water 14. Wide of people at counter of ice cream shop 15. Close up of various flavours of ice cream 16. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Vox pop, Roberto, tourist from Udine, Italy: “The ice cream cools us down and does not weigh us down, and in this way we can also face the heat of the afternoon.” 17. Mid of tourists eating ice cream 18. Wide of people sitting at restaurant tables, fan in background 19. Close up of fan which also sprays a mist of water 20. Pan left from fan at restaurant to Pantheon Square STORYLINE: Tourists in Rome, Italy, used every method at their disposal to keep cool on Saturday as scorching temperatures reached as high as 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Visitors to the city queued at water fountains to fill drinking bottles, and sheltered from the sun’s rays beneath umbrellas and hats. “Oh man it’s hot,” said Marta Kornel, who lives in Germany. “I am melting down, melting,” she added. “But, you know what? That’s what we were talking about this morning, that the beauty of Rome, because it’s so beautiful, you’re able to tolerate the heat, you know what I mean?” According to the Italian weather forecast service, Il Meteo, it could be the hottest weekend of the summer. The Italian health ministry warned on Saturday that the mix of humidity and hot weather could cause problems for people in 14 cities to which they assigned a maximum “red level” category of risk. The municipality of Rome announced that it would be distributing bottles of water for free at train and underground stations in order to help people avoid health problems. In Rome’s Pantheon Square people submerged their hands in fountain basins and rubbed the cool water on their skin. One tourist from the UK suggested some useful tips to help cope with the hot weather. “Soak your hands, soak your feet, soak your… see I use this ice water on my neck, it keeps me nice and cool,” suggested Londoner Diane Brooks. Rome’s ice cream parlours were also busy with people trying to stay refreshed and get in a full day of sight seeing. “The ice cream cools down and does not weigh us down and in this way we can also face the heat of the afternoon,” said one man. Italian authorities warned that temperatures look set to increase in the days through to Wednesday, with thermometers potentially registering up to 42 degrees Celsius, 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

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