Italy hit by storms and hail as heatwave breaks

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Storms in Italy have broken the heatwave. Photo: Orvieto, Umbria, by The Local
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Italy's Civil Protection office has issued weather warnings for many Italian provinces over the next two days as the country is hit by a series of violent storms.

After weeks of boiling heat, cold air from France has arrived, sending temperatures plummeting into the mid-twenties and bringing storms, high winds and hailstorms across Italy, il reports.

Monday has already seen storms strike the north-west and center-south.

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Flood warnings have been issued for western areas of Lombardy and Piedmont, where the parched earth has elevated the risk of flash floods if heavy rainfall arrives.

High precipitation has also seen hydro-geological warnings issued for the mountainous areas of Piedmont, Liguria, Umbria, Marche, Tuscany, Molise and Abruzzo.

With last week's landslide, which killed three people in the Veneto area, still fresh in the memory, the risk of landslides in mountainous areas is not to be underestimated. The mountain weather service, Meteomont, has warned excursionists not to venture into the mountains where storms are forecast.

The stormy weather will make its way south on Tuesday, reaching Calabria and Sicily.

By Wednesday, sunny weather will have returned across Italy but don't get used to it - early predictions from meteorologists suggest that next weekend's Ferragosto holiday will be a washout.

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