BBC Weather: Thunderstorms and showers across southern UK tomorrow
As of today, we are about to face at least one of the hottest weeks on record for the month of June and the summer season, with peaks of 38C in Valpadana and 40 /43C in Foggiano and the interior regions of Sardinia and Sicily.
Antonio Sanò, director and founder of the website www.iLMeteo.it warned that the North would be affected first, followed by the Center and finally the South.
Yesterday, some Italian cities broke the maximum temperature records since the summer of 2003, with 36°C recorded in Bologna against 34°C in 2003.
In the Center-South, temperatures will start to climb from Wednesday and Thursday with maximum values of up to 38C in Rome, 37C in Florence, 40C in Foggia, Matera, Catanzaro, Taranto, and even more in the interior of the lands of the two largest islands.
In addition to the heat during the day, the country will experience tropical nights, when the nighttime temperature never drops below 20°C.
Italy has temperatures as high as 43C amid an African heatwave
On Tuesday, some cities broke maximum temperature records since the summer of 2003
A red and orange hot weather alert has been issued by the Ministry of Health in 10 cities, with the warnings taking effect from June 21.
Red warnings are in place for Bolzano and Turin, at maximum alert level 3, while orange alerts are in effect for Ancona, Bologna, Brescia, Florence, Milan, Perugia, Rieti and Verona.
The heat has increased today as Bologna issued a red alert alongside Bolzano.
In addition, there were 10 towns on orange alert and 15 on yellow alert. This is reported by the bulletin on heat waves in Italy.
Two red, 10 orange and 15 yellow alerts were put in place for the heat in Italy today
The heat wave that crosses Europe is due to the pressure of North Africa
The scorching temperatures mark Italy’s third heat wave of the year so far and are due to pressure from North Africa.
Over the next eight days, highs of 43C in Puglia, 37-38C in Bologna and Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna, 41-42C in Caltanissetta in Sicily and Oristano in Sardinia, 38C in Florence and 40C in Cosenza, Calabria are expected .
The first heat wave of the year in Italy took place in mid-May, with highs of over 30°C caused by an anticyclone named ‘Hannibal’ which swept across Tunisia and Algeria.
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Spain and Germany have suffered wildfires due to the heat wave
Meanwhile, Spain and Germany suffered wildfires due to the heat wave.
The worst damage in Spain occurred in the northwestern province of Zamora, where more than 74,000 acres were consumed.
The Zamora fire was sparked by a strike from an electrical storm on Wednesday, authorities said
German officials said residents of three villages near Berlin had been ordered to leave their homes due to an approaching wildfire on Sunday.
According to WXCharts, Berlin and Frankfurt experienced temperatures between 24C and 28C at 3 p.m.
In Spain, Zaragoza saw highs of 30C, while Barcelona cooked at 28C and Madrid at 22C.
The UK has been given a yellow warning for tomorrow’s thunderstorms
The UK meanwhile received a thunderstorm warning from the Met Office for Thursday, following days of hot weather.
The yellow warning is in effect from 10am and lasts until midnight, and covers much of England and Wales.
The Met Office said: ‘Thunderstorms are likely to develop in some areas, particularly in the afternoon and early evening.
“While most places will likely miss them, where thunderstorms do occur, it is possible that in a few places up to 40mm of rain could fall in about an hour and 40-60mm in two or three hours. .
“These torrential downpours may be accompanied by frequent lightning, while gusty winds and hail may also affect a few locations.
“The exact location of thunderstorms will be difficult to determine, so the warning area will be monitored and updated as necessary.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega
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