Icy wind from Siberia will bring winter back to Italy

A freezing wind from Siberia is expected to reach Italy for the first time in six years, bringing with it icy temperatures and fresh snow.

Icy wind from Siberia will bring winter back to Italy
Snow in Bormio, Lombardy, in December. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The buran, a powerful north-easterly that sweeps across North and Central Asia, gets as far as Italy only every five to seven years, according to weather site Il Meteo.

It's expected to reach Italy in the next week, for the first time since 2012. 

“The buran's arrival in Italy always brings freezing conditions to several regions, especially the Adriatic Coast and the north-east, the most exposed zones,” the site's forecasters said. 

Many areas could see snowfall, they said, with the cold expected to set in around February 25th. Temperatures are expected to fall sharply and remain below the seasonal average until at least the first week of March.


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Sub-zero temperatures are forecast in the north, even by day, and by night are expected to drop as low as -12 degrees Celsius in the Po Valley. Even further south, Rome is likely to see nighttime temperatures of -5.

Meanwhile a patch of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic could interact with the icy air of the buran to bring widespread snowfall across much of the north and parts of central Italy, including Tuscany and the Adriatic Coast.

The Emilia Romagna region is expected to see heavy snow even before the weekend, while parts of the centre already had fresh snow on Thursday.


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The buran's effects will be felt all over Europe, as sudden stratospheric warming – a rise in air temperature above the North Pole – disturbs the jet stream and allows cold winds from the east to blow in. 

The cold snap follows one of Italy's warmest Januarys on record, with temperatures of more than 19 degrees in Rome and 24 degrees in Palermo.


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.