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A Tale of Two Weather Systems


Italy is divided into two weather systems today. The south and centre of Italy are scorching in intense heat, whilst the north is experiencing violent thunderstorms.

The Italian regions most at risk of extreme bad weather events are Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, according to the most recent forecasts.

Thunderstorms are forecast starting from Monday evening. The arrival of cool air at altitude from Northern Europe will see storms particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Over the rest of the country, the African anticyclone Charon will ensure plenty of sun and heat in the first half of the week. Temperatures could reach 48°C in Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily. The country is effectively split by two weather systems.

The high-pressure system is then expected to weaken as of Thursday, prompting a drop in temperature of up to 10-12 degrees.

16 cities still on red alert

Meanwhile, the health ministry said on Monday 16 major cities would remain on red heat alert through Tuesday.

They are Bari, Cagliari, Campobasso, Catania, Civitavecchia, Firenze, Frosinone, Latina, Massina, Napoli, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rieti and Roma.

On Wednesday the number is expected to drop to two, with only Bari and Catania remaining.

When the health ministry puts a city on red alert it means the heat is so intense it is considered a threat to the whole population, not just vulnerable groups such as the sick, the elderly and small children.

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