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Italy gets first hint of summer with a hot, perfect weekend

The whole of Italy will be drenched in sunshine this weekend as temperatures creep up to as high as 29 degrees Celsius.

Italy gets first hint of summer with a hot, perfect weekend
The Italy we know and love. Photo: 3BMeteo/The Local

After more than a week of inclement weather, which brought heavy rain and wind to most of the peninsular – even forcing Naples to cancel its pizza world-record challenge last weekend – sunshine and warmth are finally on the way.

Northern regions will still experience some bad weather on Thursday and Friday, but by Saturday temperatures across the north will reach highs of 28 degrees Celsius.

Saturday might bring a brief storm to Salento and Calabria, but for the most part temperatures in the southern regions will hover in the mid-20s, while in the centre there'll be highs of 28.

Sunday will be the perfect beach day, according to IlMeteo.it, with temperatures ranging from highs of 26 degrees Celsius in Sardinia to 29 in Sicily.   

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The outlook for early next week is also looking good as “anticyclone Ugolino invades Italy with sunshine and warmth everywhere”, according to IlMeteo.it.

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Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

Temperatures are set to rise dramatically across Italy this weekend as the country prepares for its first real heatwave of the year, meteorologists said on Friday.

Italy braces for first heatwave of the year with highs of over 30C

People across Italy are preparing to head to the beach this weekend with unseasonably hot weather predicted to last for several days.

The heatwave is caused by an anticyclone named  ‘Hannibal’ sweeping in from Tunisia and Algeria, bringing hot air currents across the Mediterranean and as far north as Denmark and Poland, reports news agency Ansa.

Temperatures are forecast to rise above 32-33°C in parts of the Italian north including Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, and Emilia Romagna, before the heatwave expands towards the centre and south of the country over the course of the weekend.

The weather is already 8°C above the seasonal average for this time of year, according to Antonio Sanò, founder of the Italian weather site IlMeteo.it, and temperatures could rise by as much as 10°C.

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In a typical year these kinds of highs wouldn’t be seen until July, Sanò said.

The incoming heatwave will be particularly humid as the anticyclone is carrying moisture from the Mediterranean sea, according to IlMeteo.

However, the relative cool of the Mediterranean basin at this time of year will contain the heat and keep the temperatures from rising into the high 30s, as would happen if the same type of weather event occurred in August.

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The heatwave will stretch over the weekend and continue into next week, peaking on Tuesday, according to weather reports.

Patchy thunderstorms typical of midsummer weather are anticipated in the Alps and the Po Valley, while the centre-south is set to experience hot and sunny conditions bar some isolated storms in the mountains of Abruzzo on Sunday.

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