The imminent arrival of the so-called Cyclone Circe this weekend will bring cold air from the Atlantic and send temperatures plummeting by up to 10 degrees Celsius across Italy.
Cyclone Circe, named after the potent Greek goddess of magic, will create conditions ripe for the formation of powerful storms.
Meteorologist Antonio Sanò told Today.it: “The fresher air will clash with the hotter air accumulated recently, creating a lethal mix perfect for the formation of violent storms and tornadoes.”
Heatwave Caronte will keep things hot and sunny until Friday, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees in the north-east and center-south of Italy.
But by Friday the heat is on its way out and storms will already be prevalent in the elevated areas of the Apennines and Alps.
Over the weekend, as the cooler air arrives, further violent storms are predicted in the north-east of the country.
This is worrying news for residents in the region of Veneto, who still have clear memories of the Tornado that tore thorough the outskirts of Venice earlier this month, leaving one person dead.