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Woman hurt by falling tree amid high winds in Rome

One person was injured in Rome on Monday as strong winds felled scores of trees in and around the Italian capital.

Woman hurt by falling tree amid high winds in Rome
The River Tiber, which has been running high for several weeks after torrential rains. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

A woman was taken to hospital after a falling tree hit her car on the Via del Mare in south-west Rome. Her injuries were reported to be minor.

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Other cars and at least one balcony was damaged by flying branches elsewhere in the city, while some roads were temporarily closed and traffic held up. As well as trees, a number of telephone poles and roof tiles were also blown down. 

In total, firefighters were called out at least 40 times across greater Rome and especially its coast, which was battered by heavy rain and winds sweeping in from the Tyrrhenian Sea. 

The station of Prima Porta, on the train line between Rome and Viterbo, was closed to northbound trains due to the bad weather, which follows several days of long-awaited sun in the capital. 

And the surrounding region of Lazio issued a weather alert until at least Monday evening, warning of storms and high seas.

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According to meteorologists, Lazio found itself at the centre of a “cyclonic vortex” moving in from the north-west, which also brought rain to Tuscany and Umbria. 

While conditions in the centre are expected to improve from Tuesday, the north-west of Italy will suffer in coming days, with rain and storms forecast to intensify midweek until at least Thursday. 

Better weather is expected to return from the weekend.

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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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