In Milan, the first fountains closed after the mayor, Giuseppe Sala, issued an order to deal with the drought emergency.

Much of Italy is in the grip of a scorching heat wave. Thirteen cities are facing critical heat conditions, with the number expected to rise to twenty-two by Thursday. Thunderstorms in the north have lowered the alert level in Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige, Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

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