Storms and temperatures up to 35C expected across Italy this weekend

Storms and temperatures up to 35C expected across Italy this weekend
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Italian weather forecasters are predicting the first real summer heat across the country this weekend, with high humidity and temperatures set to reach the mid-30s in some areas.

In the first hot weekend of the summer, temperatures will soar in the coming days days will be between 30-35C across most of the country, with the centre-north seeing the hottest weather according to Ilmeteo.it.

On Saturday and Sunday “the mercury will rise to 32/33C in many parts of the centre-north, with peaks as high as 34/35C in Bologna and Florence,” Il Meteo writes.

Other areas, including the cities of Rome and Milan are expected to have daytime temperatures of around 30C.

“Only in the south will we have slightly lower numbers,” the forecast reads, due to colder currents moving down from the Baltic sea.

Things will likely feel sticky even in areas where the temperatures don’t exceed 30C, forecasts say, due to the arrival of the so-called ‘Afa’, or hot-humid air.

Weather forecasts warn that high humidity will be felt at night as well in many areas.

However, along with a rise in temperature, localised rain showers and some storms are also forecast in south and central areas, particularly over the Apennines and along the coasts.

The heat is forecast to continue into the middle of next week.

Italian vocabulary:

Temporali – storms
Maltempo – bad weather
Caldo intenso – intense heat
Aria fresca – cool air
Perturbazione – disturbance
Afa – Intense, sultry heat due to high humidity


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