Italian authorities have issued alerts for much of the country as the weather takes a sharp turn for the worse at the end of this week.
The sudden change is expected after a mostly warm, dry and sunny start to September in many regions, ending a long and sticky summer during which temperatures regularly climbed into the high 30s or low 40s.
An orange (moderate) bad weather alert was issued for coastal areas in Molise and the Gargano area in northern Puglia today, where weather forecasts predict high winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.
Meanwhile, less severe yellow weather warnings were issued for the rest of Molise and Tuscany, as well as Basilicata, Le Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, lower Veneto, most of Piedmont, south-western Tuscany, northern Calabria, and western Sicily.
The sudden change is due to a “cold air front arriving from north-eastern Europe within the last 24 hours, bringing a decided worsening of weather conditions.”