It will be a hot weekendor, with what Sciascia called the heat that reduces the elasticity of the air. IS continue next week: seven days of African heat with temperatures up to 40 degrees. On Sunday the Ministry of Health issued a level 2 (orange dot) notice for three cities: Bologna, Brescia and Perugia, and a level 1 (yellow dot) notice for another 11: Ancona, Bolzano, Campobasso, Florence, Frosinone, Latina , Milan, Rieti, Rome, Turin and Verona
The month of July therefore make a departure with a bang, between an African blaze and violent storms. the scenario designed by experts from various sites such as 3Bmeteo and ilmeteo.it according to which a large area of high pressure is warming up the engines to reach our country. Already during the weekend, the warm air brought by the African anticyclone will begin to warm the climate in many regions, but the heat peak expected for next week.
On Saturday, experts warn, the last and frequent thunderstorms may still affect the alpine sectors and locally the pre-Alpine ones (especially in Piedmont), while elsewhere the sun will prevail. But the exaggerated heat will not be the only element that will characterize the weekend. In fact, there will be some sudden storm trap in some corners of Italy which could exacerbate the expected heavy traffic problems expected on our roads and highways.
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The peaks in Sardinia, Sicily and Puglia
In any case, Saturday and Sunday the sub-tropical high pressure will begin to advance more decisively on Italy. The weather will be sunny in almost all regions, apart from isolated afternoon thunderstorms on the alpine borders. Rising temperatures with peaks of 35 degrees north (especially in Emilia) is 36 in the south (Puglia and Sicily). But in the following days that the heat is really serious: from Monday the temperatures will skyrocket a little over Italy and the hot air coming from the heart of Africa will raise the thermometers that during the week will reach peaks of 40 degrees on Sardinia, Sicily and Puglia and 32-36 spread to the north and center. Afternoon thunderstorms will affect only the northernmost Alps and adjacent areas.
The Po Valley under attack and Bologna is preparing
Let’s see in more detail what awaits us. The very hot air driven by the sub-tropical anticyclonic promontory will bring the temperatures to touch really high values for the season. Th Saturday we will record peaks close to 33/34 C in cities such as Bolzano, Ferrara, Bologna and Florence. Values, however, widely over 30/31 C also in Milan and in the rest of the country, with some fewer points only along the coasts. Sunday the thermometers will rise further until they reach peaks of 35/36 C on some stretches of the Po Valley, such as in Bologna and Ferrara. The Bolognese AUSL, on the basis of Arpae weather forecasts, has already alerted the emergency rooms, hospitals, nursing homes and care facilities for the elderly, doctors and family paediatricians, home care nurses. Metropolitan area. In addition, for particularly frail elderly people, the Ausl has prepared the e-Care support project, which calls for weekly calls, any home assistance. Warm alert on Sunday also in Brescia and Perugia, with orange traffic light, with temperatures up to 36 degrees. We will continue to have lots of sun and heat even in the Center-South where the mercury columns will settle around 35 C in Florence, at 33 C in Rome, but it will be even hotter in the internal areas of Sardinia where they can locally reach 40 C ; Finally, peaks of 37 ° C in Puglia and on some cities of Sicily (Syracuse and Catania). Monitoring this year should also take into account the particular situation caused by the Covid-19 outbreaks. If high temperatures, according to experts, should help to slow down the infections, they still pose an additional risk to health, especially for the elderly, chronically ill, pregnant women and infants.
The effects on wheat production
The great heat will also have an impact on wheat production, which in recent days has seen the way of threshing: there has been a drop in production of up to 20% for this year. Negative data – underlines Coldiretti of Alessandria – which grows for barley, oilseed rape and protein pea where the minus sign touches even peaks of 40%. In particular, the climatic changes that hit the fields first caused a postponement of the sowing in January due to the rains that soaked the land making work impossible; then drought and hot. These latter factors are affecting the quantity, which will drop below the 6.7 billion kilos recorded nationally last year.
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