Weekend storms to bring Italy’s summer heatwave to an end

Italy has sweltered in intense summer heat through much of August, but temperatures are forecast to drop sharply across the country this weekend with storms on the way.

Weekend storms to bring Italy's summer heatwave to an end
A wave of bad weather is set to sweep Italy from north to south from the end of this week. File photo: AFP
Heavy rain and violent thunderstorms will break the steamy summer heat in northern Italy this weekend, forecasters said.
“On Friday, the first showers and thunderstorms are expected in northern Italy, in particular in the Alps and north west,” said Edoardo Ferrara, meteorologist at 
Thundery showers will spread to the rest of the north and down to Tuscany by Sunday, he said, and temperatures will fall by an average 10 degrees.

Southern Italy will feel the same effect by Monday or Tuesday, according to weather reports.

“The disturbance between Monday and Tuesday will bring some thunderstorms to the central-southern regions and a temperature drop, with the end of intense heat almost everywhere except in some sectors of the extreme south,” writes

Temperatures in most southern and central parts of Italy are set to reach the mid-30s by Saturday and Sunday, before dropping to the high 20s by Tuesday.

Forecasters also warned that high winds across many coastal areas are possible early next week.

The sudden change is set to end a long and sticky August, during which temperatures have regularly been in the high 30s across the country.

Into next week, “a rise in pressure will guarantee generally beautiful and stable weather, with rising temperatures, but without the intense heat,” according to

Italian vocabulary:

Forti temporali – severe storms
Maltempo – bad weather
Caldo intenso – intense heat
Perturbazione – disturbance
Afa – Intense, sultry heat due to high humidity

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Storm Otto to batter western Sweden from Friday afternoon

Storm Otto is due to hit the west coast of Sweden on Friday afternoon, reaching its peak in the evening and night with winds of between 27 and 31 metres per second, just short of hurricane strength. 

Storm Otto to batter western Sweden from Friday afternoon

Swedish weather forecaster SMHI has issued an orange warning for northwest Skåne, southwest Kronoberg, western Halland and southwest Bohuslän, warning that buildings could be damaged, and trees blown down over roads and power lines. 

“There’s going to be about three to five hours when it will be at its absolute worst,” Therese Fogman, one of SMHI’s forecasters, told the TT newswire.

People living in western Sweden are being asked to tie down any loose objects in their gardens and to be careful when going outside. 

“You should be aware that there could be branches falling and objects blowing around in this wind,” Fogman said. 

Several train services in Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland have been suspended on Friday and Saturday. SMHI is warning that buildings and forests could be damaged. 

All services are suspended between Helsingborg and Eslöv from 4pm, from Ystad to Simrishamn from 6pm, from Markaryd to Hässleholm from 8pm, and from Kristianstad to Karlskrona from 8.20pm. 

From 4pm, all train services between Uddevalla and Strömstad, Öxnered and Borås, Håkantorp and Gårdsjö, and Borås to Varberg.

Services will resume on all these lines from 12pm on Saturday.