Italian health ministry places Rome at highest heat risk level.
As Italy's heat wave intensifies, the Italian health ministry has put Rome on red alert on 1 and 2 August, according to news agency ANSA.
Rome has been classified as "Level 3-Red", the health ministry's highest heat risk level, along with Frosinone, Pescara and Campobasso.
From 2 August the warning will be applied to a further 12 Italian cities: Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Cagliari, Florence, Latina, Milan, Naples, Perugia, Rieti and Viterbo.
Temperatures of around 40 degrees Celcius are forecast for the end of the week.