new heatwave in Italy

New heatwave hits Italy


Temperatures will soar again in Italy this week. The heatwave is expected to peak on Thursday with temperatures of around 40C (104F).

The end of June was uncomfortable with the first heatwave of the year. While temperatures dropped to the more comfortable mid-30s, things are set to get sticky again.

Warm air currents from North Africa

Forecasters predict new warm air currents moving across from North Africa. The ‘caldo Africano‘ brings with it still air and white, dusty skies, as well as very high temperatures.

This will hit the south hardest, with temperatures of up to 42C expected in Puglia and Basilicata, Sicily and Sardinia. Inland areas will be particularly hot.

Central and northern Italy won’t get away lightly. Thursday could see Rome and Florence sweltering in 40C. While the north-east regions of Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto could reach 37C. The cities most likely to be affected there are Bologna, Ferrara, Mantua, Rovigo and Verona. On the Adriatic coast, Le Marche could reach 39C.

Heatwave may break with thunderstorms

The heat may break with thunderstorms in the north, particularly around the Alps.

Other areas may also get localised heavy rain and hail at the end of the week.

How to deal with the heat

It’s important to stay cool and hydrated during high temperatures. Here are some ways to stay cool and safe in an Italian heatwave.

  • Avoid the hottest hours. Stay indoors if possible from 2pm to 6pm. If you do go out, stick to the shady side of the street.
  • Drink water. Lots of it. Carry a water bottle and refill it from the drinking fountains found in most Italian towns and cities.
  • Carry a fan, or something that can double as a fan. When there’s inadequate or no air-conditioning, you’ll be glad of it.
  • Wear a hat. Sunstroke is not pleasant, wearing a hat will protect you from the sun’s rays.
  • You may want to wear little, but light cotton, pale clothes will help prevent sunburn. And carry suntan lotion as well.

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