New heatwave to sweep Italy this week with temperatures over 40C

Temperatures are set to rise across Italy this week, peaking on Thursday at around 40C (104F).

New heatwave to sweep Italy this week with temperatures over 40C
Cooling off by the Spanish Steps in Rome. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

While temperatures are still in the low to mid-30s across Italy, the country has been enjoying a brief respite from the more intense heat and humidity felt at the end of June.

But things are set to get hot sticky again this week, with new currents of warm air moving in from North Africa, forecasters say.

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The cities of Rome and Florence can expect to swelter in up to 40C on Thursday, according to Italy’s national weather service, and temperatures could reach 37C in Emilia Romagna (Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì), Lombardy (Mantua), and Veneto (Rovigo, Verona), and up to 39C in Marche.

But the south will again see the highest temperatures, with up to 42C expected in the regions of Puglia and Basilicata (particularly the cities of Foggia, Taranto, and Matera) and on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia, especially in inland areas.

Things will remain hot and sticky at night with temperatures set to remain above 20-22°C around the country.

The ‘caldo Africano‘ is characterized, especially in southern regions, by still air and white, dusty skies along with soaring temperatures.

Adding to the sultry atmosphere is the so-called ‘Afa‘, or hot-humid air.

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Thunderstorms are also expected in some northern areas, particularly around the Alps, on Wednesday and into Thursday.

Forecasters also predict localised outbreaks of heavy rain and hail at the end of the week. 

Italian vocabulary:

Caldo intenso – intense heat
Caldo Africano –  currents of hot air arriving from the south
Aria fresca – cool air
Perturbazione – disturbance
Afa – Intense, sultry heat due to high humidity
Temporali – storms
Maltempo – bad weather
Grandine – hail

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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, 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.