Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Rome under heat alert with new wave of sizzling weather


Rome, July 31 - Italians were heading for the
gelato shop, swimming pool, the beach and even public fountains
as the temperatures continued to sizzle and forecasters warned
Wednesday of even more heat to come.
A third blistering heat wave was forecast to blow up the
peninsula from Africa, reaching the mainland by Friday and
Saturday, bringing hot days and "sultry" nights, according to
The blast will hit north-central Italy, particularly
centres including Bologna and Verona, especially hard with highs
reaching 38 degrees C, according to web portal
Humidity is also expected to rise, making temperatures feel
as if they're above 40 degrees C in the north-central area along
the Po Valley.
The mercury could rise as high as 37 degrees from
Trentino-Alto Adige to Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and
down through Lazio, Tuscany and Campania while also reaching
across to Sardinia.
And for the rest of this week, Rome is under a red alert
for heat, with warnings that high temperatures could be
dangerous to the health of many, particularly the young, the
elderly and those with chronic illness.
This will be the most long-lasting and hottest stretch of
the summer – so far, said meteorologist Francesco Nucera of
And it is going to hurt because of rising humidity and
little wind to circulate air, he added.
"Until now, this was not a particularly hot summer -
nothing compared with 2012," he said.
But weather patterns are changing, making high-pressure
African weather systems more prevalent in the Mediterranean
regions, added Nucera.
"Blame African pressure systems - for the third time this
season, they will return to roar through the Mediterranean".

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