STORY: The temperatures in the Italian capital were expected to reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to weather website ilmeteo.it, with people queuing at the capital's many fountains and drinking fountains trying to cool off.
''I've heard that it has never been this hot in June. We are from southern California, it is hot all time, we don't get any rain, we are out of water all the time,'' American tourist Trevor said.
Along with soaring temperatures, drought conditions are also rapidly spreading through Italy, with rivers and reservoirs drying up.
Italy's Lazio region, which includes Rome, declared a state of emergency last week, imposing restrictions in some communities, including bans on hosepipe usage and filling swimming pools.