Heat wave: 40°C on Monday and 42°C on Tuesday in Rome

“Hyper-summer is born”: the weather site of the Italian Air Force announced, that Rome can expect a heat of 40 °C on Monday before reaching 42 °C on Tuesday, according to the forecast in the peninsula serves as a reference.

Between 12:00 pm and 2:00 am GMT on Monday, the thermometer in Italy’s capital should register 40 °C and on Tuesday the mercury could reach 42 °C, which would be the highest ever for Rome .

Paradoxically, this Monday will be hotter in Rome than in Palermo, Sicily, which lies further south, but according to the same source, where the maximum expected temperature is 38 degrees Celsius.

“We live in Texas and it’s very hot there. We thought we would survive the heat, but it’s even hotter here,” Coleman PV, a 30-year-old American tourist visiting Italy, told AFP. his wife Anna told AFP.

“I feel sorry for you because I feel like many places are without air conditioning and it must be hard (…) I like the fountains of Rome, everyone can freshen up there face”, he adds. There is a cappuccino on the terrace of a bar in the historic center.

In front of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, at 10:30 am the thermometer was already indicating 32°C, but that didn’t deter visitors queuing up in search of the slightest corner of shade.

“I come from South Africa, we are used to this heat: at home it is sometimes up to 50 degrees,” says Jacob Vruneisen, a 60-year-old civil engineer from Cape Town, who admits to sleeping with the air conditioning on though We do. “We cannot stop this or we will die in the bedroom!” he told AFP-TV.

– “Hyper Summer” –

“With a few bottles of cold water in the bag, it’s fine. It was announced, we’ve come from Strasbourg and looking at the weather forecast we’ve chosen a week with very high temperatures. We’ll be here for five days. and we will travel everything we had planned to see”, assured Olivier Litsker, the 54-year-old manager of a car dealership.

“This heat wave + associated with the movement of Hadley cells + means that the hot air that normally descends on the desert-forming African provinces has moved towards Europe. In this sense we are talking about tropicalisation. We can talk about climate,” Claudio Cassardo, a meteorologist and professor at the University of Turin, told AFP.

“Until 40-50 years ago, these events were very rare, now we see higher and higher temperatures every summer,” he added.

“Summer as we knew it is disappearing. In its place comes a time of year when temperatures turn infernal and extreme weather events follow one another in rapid and unpredictable fashion. Anno Domini 2023, Hyper-summer was born,” commented on Monday the daily La Stampa Nicolas Lozito, journalist in charge of the environment section.

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