Italy braces for third consecutive year of early heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 40°C

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18th June 2024 – (Rome) Italian weather monitoring site Il Meteo has issued a concerning report, stating that Italy is once again facing an early heatwave in June. Temperatures are already on the rise, with most parts of the country experiencing the effects of this scorching weather pattern.

According to Il Meteo, hot air originating from North Africa is moving northward, resulting in soaring temperatures across Italy. The northern regions of the country are expected to see highs of 34 degrees Celsius, which is a staggering 10 degrees above the historical averages for this time of year.

However, the most extreme temperatures of this heatwave are anticipated between Wednesday and Friday, with Rome, Naples, and Florence bracing for highs of 40 degrees Celsius. Inland areas of Sicily and Sardinia could even witness temperatures surpassing 44 degrees Celsius. These figures are significantly higher than the usual norms for this period, considering that summer officially commences on 20th June.

Fortunately, Il Meteo predicts that temperatures will return to more moderate levels starting from Saturday. However, this transition will come with heavy rainfall, particularly impacting several northern regions.

Italy’s plight with pre-summer heatwaves has become an unfortunate pattern. This marks the third consecutive year that the country has been subjected to these extreme weather conditions. Previous years have witnessed not only scorching temperatures but also droughts, storms, floods, melting glaciers, and devastating wildfires.

These natural disasters have triggered numerous “red” alerts throughout the nation, leading to depleted water levels in major rivers, significant agricultural losses, and infrastructural damages.