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Italy set to sizzle as temperatures reach 40C

As if the country hasn’t sweltered enough over the past few days, it’s going to get even hotter by this weekend.

Italy set to sizzle as temperatures reach 40C
There's only one thing for it: head to the nearest beach. Photo: Paolo Macorig

From Friday, forecasters say temperatures in parts of the country will creep up towards 40 degrees Celsius, lingering into next week.

A hot wind blowing over the peninsular from Africa will also intensify the heat, according to IlMeteo.it.

Taranto, a coastal city in Puglia, will feel the brunt of the heat, with temperatures reaching 40C.

There’ll be little respite elsewhere, with temperatures in the northern cities of Bologna and Verona ranging between 35C and 38C, while it will hit 36C in Florence and 34C in Rome.

Temperatures will be slightly cooler in Lombardy, Piedmont and in the eastern lower Alps.

The summer of 2016 is following much the same pattern of 2015, during which over 100 people, mostly elderly, died of heat-related illnesses.

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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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