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Storms forecast on east coast for Ferragosto summer holiday

Many Italians will be heading to the ocean for the traditional August 15th holiday but the weather hasn't read the script.

Storms forecast on east coast for Ferragosto summer holiday
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The west coast and the northern regions should remain largely dry throughout August 15th. But for beachgoers heading to the Adriatic coastline, storms and rain may be in store.

The provinces of Le Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo are set to experience storms on August 15th, known in Italian as Ferragosto, a public holiday when many families take advantage to head to the sea.

READ ALSO: Everything you need to know about Ferragosto

The southern regions of Calabria and Sicily can also expect brief downpours, according to weather forecasting site Meteo Live. 

The popular beach resort town of Rimini is forecast to get 23.4mm of rain on Wednesday August 15th. The northern regions, Tuscany and the western Tyrrhenian coastline are expected to remain dry, however, except for sporadic storms in the Alpine regions. 

Ferragosto is when Roman Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven, but the holiday has its origins in Ancient Rome. The festival was introduced in 18 BCE to commemorate Emperor Augustus. 

Shops and services close across Italy for Ferragosto and roads become clogged as millions of Italians take their holidays. 

READ MORE: Bad weather threatens to put a damper on Ferragosto festivities

 

 

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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.

READ ALSO: Nine in 10 Italians ‘want more action on climate crisis’, new study finds

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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