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Weekend storms to bring Italy’s summer heatwave to an end

Italy has sweltered in intense summer heat through much of August, but temperatures are forecast to drop sharply across the country this weekend with storms on the way.

Weekend storms to bring Italy's summer heatwave to an end
A wave of bad weather is set to sweep Italy from north to south from the end of this week. File photo: AFP
Heavy rain and violent thunderstorms will break the steamy summer heat in northern Italy this weekend, forecasters said.
 
“On Friday, the first showers and thunderstorms are expected in northern Italy, in particular in the Alps and north west,” said Edoardo Ferrara, meteorologist at 3bmeteo.com. 
 
Thundery showers will spread to the rest of the north and down to Tuscany by Sunday, he said, and temperatures will fall by an average 10 degrees.

Southern Italy will feel the same effect by Monday or Tuesday, according to weather reports.

“The disturbance between Monday and Tuesday will bring some thunderstorms to the central-southern regions and a temperature drop, with the end of intense heat almost everywhere except in some sectors of the extreme south,” writes ilmeteo.it

Temperatures in most southern and central parts of Italy are set to reach the mid-30s by Saturday and Sunday, before dropping to the high 20s by Tuesday.

Forecasters also warned that high winds across many coastal areas are possible early next week.

The sudden change is set to end a long and sticky August, during which temperatures have regularly been in the high 30s across the country.

Into next week, “a rise in pressure will guarantee generally beautiful and stable weather, with rising temperatures, but without the intense heat,” according to ilmeteo.it.

Italian vocabulary:

Forti temporali – severe storms
Maltempo – bad weather
Caldo intenso – intense heat
Perturbazione – disturbance
Afa – Intense, sultry heat due to high humidity

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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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