Italy set for another long, sweltering summer

Italy set for another long, sweltering summer
'Frequent heatwaves' are forecast for the summer of 2016 in Italy. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
Temperatures will hit 30 degrees Celsius in parts of the country this weekend, a prelude to what forecasters say will be another hot summer for Italy.

The entire country will be drenched with sun over the coming week, with temperatures creeping up again thanks to a lingering anticyclone, mainly in the central and southern regions.

Sicily, Puglia and Calabria will be the hottest, with temperatures hovering between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, according to forecasters at

Temperatures in Rome and Florence will reach around 24 degrees Celsius by the weekend, while the northern regions will be slightly cooler, with temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius.

Forecasters said the above-average spring temperatures are a prelude to what will probably be a “hot summer, with frequent heatwaves,” especially in the southern regions.

The summer of 2015 had much the same pattern, with heatwaves beginning in early May and the warm climate persisting until mid-November. 

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