The weather situation over Central and Southern Italy is worrying, apparent temperatures are reaching up to 45C in some areas, whilst drought is hitting many other areas and water shortages are becoming a problem.

During the past days Ferrara broke all records, the perceptible temperature over this city situated in the Emilia-Romagna region reached 49°C earlier today. Other areas had very high temperatures as well, Termoli, situated in the Molise reached an apparent temperature of 46C whilst Cape Frasca in Cerdena reached 44C (apparent temperatures)

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The map above shows temperatures at 850hPa for this morning, clearly indicating that Italy was hit directly by the hot air mass moving in from over the Western Mediterranean.

The island of Sardegna also was badly hit as temperatures soared to 37C, however the apparent temperature as felt by humans rose drastically to 44C as humidity levels and wind intensity contributed to this rise in the feel like temperature.

Droughts are hitting many areas and some lakes and rivers are nearly or completely dry. Lake Bracciano situated close to Rome has nearly dried completely, a strange and surreal situation considering that Rome is not situated towards the South and is usually not hit drastically by such heat waves.

However Italy will soon get a break, as a cool breeze moving in from Northern Europe is set to calm down these temperatures over the next few days.

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In the meantime, the Italian Civil Protection has issued warnings for the following regions for Sunday 25th: Valle D’Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, as thunderstorms are expected to hit these areas and torrential rain is expected.