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Storms on the way to batter Italy

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Storms on the way to batter Italy
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09:17 CET+01:00
Tuesday will be a day of mild weather for much of Italy, but the rest of the week will see storms, wind and plenty of rain, forecasters warn.

After a day of heavy rainfall and flooding on Monday, particularly in Tuscany and the south of the country, conditions improved on Tuesday morning.

Sun and warmer temperatures dominate almost everywhere, providing some welcome relief with only slight rain and cloud cover on the Adriatic coast, and strong winds of up to 70km/h lingering over the islands.

Over the next few hours, this area will see some local thunderstorms, particularly in the middle coastal regions of Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise. Campania in the south will be in for stormy weather too.

In the afternoon, the north-west of the country will get cloudier, with snow and rain falling on Alpine areas, mostly above 1000m altitude.

And in the middle of the week, we'll see a return from the rain clouds, with an anticyclone set to reach Sardinia on Wednesday. This will bring bad weather to the centre-south, north-west and the islands throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Sardinia, Sicily and southern Calabria will see the heaviest rainfall and strong winds, leading to rough seas which might disrupt boat transport. The Apennines will have snowfall even at relatively low altitudes. 

Valle d'Aosta, Liguria and Piedmont will also experience rain and winds of up to 100km/h.

On Friday, we can expect clouds across most of the peninsula, but a gradual improvement in conditions.

"A general improvement is expected at the weekend - but not everywhere," said the 3b Meteo weather station. In the south, the Ionian sea is predicted to remain very rough.

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