Italy set to swelter under 34C due to African wind

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21 May, 2014 Updated Wed 21 May 2014 12:44 CEST
Italy set to swelter under 34C due to African wind

Temperatures in Italy are due to soar to 34C this week, as a hot wind sweeps up from Africa with the "Hannibal" anticyclone.


Summer temperatures arrived on Tuesday and were set to reach between 32C and 34C by the end of the week in the south and centre of the country, according to Italian media reports.

According to forecaster, Sardinia will be the hottest place in the country on Wednesday as temperatures in Nuoro reach 30C.

Thursday will see other parts of Italy basking in even hotter temperatures, with 31C forecast for Bologna and the same high forecast in parts of Rome’s Lazio region.

The heatwave is due to continue until Saturday, with beach trips expected to be cut short on Sunday by thunderstorms, La Stampa said.

Northern Europe will also warm up, with forecasters predicting 30C in Germany this week. As in Italy, the summer spell in Germany is due to come to a stormy end over the weekend.

READ MORE: Summer highs of 30C to hit Germany

But while the heatwave will be welcome news for sun worshipers, recent hot weather has been causing problems elsewhere in Europe.

Some regions of Spain are in the midst of the most intense dry spell in 150 years, which has now dragged on for eight months. A recent study found the country’s droughts were becoming more frequent and intense.

READ MORE: Mega dry spell Spain's worst in 150 years

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