Italy issues storm alert for central and southern regions as heatwave breaks

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Italy issues storm alert for central and southern regions as heatwave breaks
More bad weather is forecast in the Lazio region around Rome before the return of hot weather later this week. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Many parts of southern and central Italy were on alert for thunderstorms, hail and high winds on Wednesday evening as the heatwave continued to break.


Italy's civil protection department issued a bad-weather alert for parts of Abruzzo, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Molise and Sicily as thunderstorms followed days of sticky heat.

While many welcomed the prospect of rain in southern areas after months of extremely hot and dry conditions, the weather has turned from one extreme to the other.

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Torrential rain has already caused mudslides and severe damage in Campania, near Avellino south of Naples, while two people drowned in a flooded canal in the northern city of Padua, according to Italian news agency Ansa.


Further storms are forecast across the country this week before another heatwave begins.

There have so far been 1,140 'extreme weather events' in Italy this summer, farmers' association Coldiretti said on Wednesday.

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Along with much of the rest of mainland Europe, Italy has been battered by a series of heatwaves this summer that have fuelled forest fires and drained rivers.

The Po Valley in the north of the Italy, one of country’s most important agricultural areas, is currently experiencing its worst drought in 70 years,

While it's not yet known if 2022 will be the hottest summer on record, it is on course to be the driest, meteorologists said.


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