Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Rain and snow chill May in northern Italy

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Milan, May 24 - Wintry weather continued to batter
much of Italy on Friday.
The 19th stage of Italy's biggest biking race, the "Giro
d'Italia" was cancelled on Friday due to extreme weather.
Snow blanketed northern Italian mountains and fell heavy
enough to shut down a piece of highway near the ski resort
Bormio, on the Swiss border.
Heavy rain and run-off have swollen the northern Italian
Lake Iseo's water-level to a record high - 20 cm higher than its
recorded average since 1933 and just 5 cm away from spilling
into surrounding territory.
Meanwhile the lower parts of Venice, like St. Mark's Square,
are being flooded by a series of "high water" tides, typical of
cold seasons in the ancient city of canals.
Storms have dumped 24% more rain than average in May for
northern Italy, according to the agribusiness association
Coldiretti.
Northern Italy's peak temperature so far this month was 3.2C
degrees lower than the historic average temperature for May,
Coldiretti added.

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