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

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
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.
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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