Art fans’ hopes of walking on water dashed by bad weather

Fans of renowned artist Christo faced disappointment for a second day on Sunday after his latest work in northern Italy was partly closed by rain.

Art fans' hopes of walking on water dashed by bad weather
Christo's 'Floating Piers' were closed due to inclement weather on Sunday. Photo: Facebook

His ambitious three kilometre-long (1.9 miles) walkway of 200,000 floating cubes covered in orange fabric floating atop Lake Iseo was evacuated Saturday evening after wind and rain made it unstable.
“Given the influx of people and potentially bad weather, it is advisable to rethink your trip,” said a manager at the installation in a statement.
Local authorities have also cancelled train services to the lake to limit the numbers able to reach the project.
After being closed throughout Saturday night, the project only partly reopened Sunday morning with one of the two walkways still closed to the public.
Crowds of visitors hoping to visit Christo's “The Floating Piers” have been gathering around the lake since it opened on Saturday, with organizers hoping that 500,000 people will experience it by July 3rd when the pontoons close to the public.

But the walkways can only hold 11,000 people at any one time – and only if weather conditions allow.
More than 55,000 visitors attempted to cross the walkways on Saturday, forcing organizers who had anticipated just 40,000 to ask that they return another day.
 And by the early evening the bridges had been forced to close by heavy winds and driving rain.
Christo first conceived the project in 1970 for the River Plate delta in Argentina but was thwarted after failing to secure the necessary permits.
Despite the long delay in realizing his vision Christo said on Thursday that the project, his first since 2005, “stayed in our hearts”.

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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, 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.