Italy heading for heatwave with temperatures set to hit 40 degrees

Summer has come suddenly in many parts of the country, with temperatures shooting into the early 30s in recent days after a cool, wet spring.

The mercury is set to climb even higher on Thursday and Friday, with forecasters predicting 36 degrees in Rome, 37 in Florence, up to 38 in parts of Puglia and as high as 42 in inland Sicily.

Temperatures are set to remain in the early to mid 30s – above the seasonal average – throughout the weekend.


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