Italy’s capital has been a hotbed of protests over the last few weeks.
On Friday, as temperatures hit the mid-20s Celsius (69 degrees Fahrenheit), crowds gathered in the centre of the city, and on Saturday, police used pepper spray to disperse crowds who threw rocks and bottles at police.
As the temperature fell, the temperature in Rome hit 35 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday.
In the city centre, the capital’s main avenue was packed with protesters who were calling for the resignation of President Sergio Mattarella, who has been in office for two decades.
As of Sunday, a crowd of more than 50,000 people had gathered on the avenue.
On Saturday, Mattarella spoke to journalists outside his office, but said he would remain in office until a new president is elected.
“We are going to remain in government until we get rid of the president of the republic, and the government has not been chosen yet,” Mattarella said.
“The question is, is it a good one?”
He said he was still confident that the next government would be “fit for purpose” and had a mandate to “do what is necessary to solve the problems of our people”.’
It’s too hot to be comfortable’ Some residents of Rome were not too worried.
“I am still in shock, it is too hot in the city,” said Alessandra Gioia, 25, who was visiting the city from Naples.
“This is a new phenomenon in Italy, and people are not prepared for it.”
Gioias parents live in Naples, and said that they had been planning to head to Rome for a week to take part in a protest on Monday.
“If the temperatures are this hot, I don’t know how we can live,” she said.
On Sunday, the city’s most popular newspaper La Repubblica published a story highlighting the problems facing women in the capital.
It said women had been forced to spend much of their time indoors, wearing headscarves, without having access to hot water or toilet facilities.
The newspaper said that women had to wait more than two hours to use a public toilet, that they were unable to use public transport or public parking, and that they are not allowed to work during the heatwave.
“It’s hard to think that in the year 2022, when women are supposed to be able to do all these things, that the women are not working in some capacity,” the newspaper quoted a group of women as saying.
In addition to the daily problems faced by women, there were other challenges.
“There are a lot of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s,” said Lucia Rizzo, a 24-year-old who was in Rome to attend a conference for women’s rights.
“Some of them are going into their 30s.
They are not going to have a lot to eat and they don’t have a house.”
Rizzow said that during the summer months, many of her friends and family have to work for extra pay.
“They are not used to this kind of situation.
There is no income, so they are working as a maid or in the kitchen,” she added.
The lack of facilities for women has been blamed on a combination of factors, including a lack of jobs in the health and social sectors and lack of support in the family, according to the report.
As well as the heat, the report said that many women have been living in “unhygienic conditions”.
“We have a very limited understanding of what the sanitation is like, and there is a lack in information,” said Andrea Dei, director of the National Institute of Health and Human Rights.
The UN Population Fund said on Sunday that the situation was “alarming” and called for the appointment of a special envoy to help solve the problem.