Tuesday, March 12th 2013, 8:11 PM EDT
Europe is in the grip of icy Siberian cold, with snowstorms and freezing temperatures over much of the continent : as we write, for example, it's snowing at -4 ° C in Paris and at the same temperature is recorded in Berlin, Warsaw and Stockholm, while in Dublin there are 0 ° C. In the next few hours these cold air masses coming exceed the Pyrenees to Spain and from there into northern Africa and the western Mediterranean, where it will reach Italy on Thursday 14 March, so now a few hours, accompanied by furious winds of wind that will cause a new storm between Sardinia and Sicily, with gusts of more than 120km / h.
The coldest days will be Friday 15 and Saturday 16, with very low temperatures throughout Italy, especially in the Adriatic Regions. Bad weather in the south where imperverserà Friday we also abundant snowfall up at low altitude, especially between Calabria and Sicily, where rainfall will be abundant. Friday, then there will be an improvement in the weather, but in the meantime we will have strong rain, even in the next hours, between Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14, with thunderstorms in all regions Tyrrhenian light rain in the South and also in the north / east. About Italy will pass a profound disturbance Mediterranean with a minimum pressure of 980hPa almost, around which trigger strong cyclonic winds and determine the three days of severe weather, the first of what will be a weekend typically marzolino the climate is very variable, so that Saturday we will have a cold but sunny over most of Italy, with large sunny spells but still twenty theses wind and freezing temperatures, and then on a Sunday in the name of the sirocco.
Already, the sirocco: return immediately on all over Italy after the outburst winter the next few days, and will do so very fast, with a massive increase in heat, so that the temperature will increase in the free atmosphere of almost 20 ° C in less than 48 hours , especially between Sardinia and Sicily where we will spend from values close to -5 ° C to 850hpa to +15 ° C isotherms almost! The arrival of the sirocco, however, does not mean the beginning of spring, it will be a matter of yet another comeback prefrontal than a new powerful Atlantic perturbation that already by Sunday evening it will rain on northern Italy, perhaps initially snow from the plains to the north / west. Early next week, between Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March, in fact, a new depression will cross the ocean of origin Italy causing heavy rain and storms over the northern regions and in the Tyrrhenian and then also coming back to the south where the cool temperatures again beaten and snow on the Apennines, between Monday and Tuesday after the snow will fall once so abundant in the hills north of the Alps and the Apennines.
In short, spring is still far away and cold plunge after arriving in the coming days, with strong thermal swings, to dominate the climate evolution of this March there will be a common factor will be the weather. Then continues the trend of super-rains now started more than three months in all of Italy, that is since the winter weather began, namely the month of December. This trend is going to last even with continuous disturbances on our country, which come from the north or arrive from the south.
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