The heat doesn’t want to leave Italy: what is happening?
We are about to say goodbye to October, the second month of meteorological autumn, but it seems that the temperatures have no intention of dropping as expected at this time of year, despite the fact that the days are getting shorter and the long-awaited ones are finally arriving. Atlantic disturbances, some Italian regions continue to experience climatic conditions that do not fully reflect autumn, at least from a thermal point of view.
Persistent heat in the South
Southern Italy and some central regions are the main protagonists of this phenomenon, with temperatures that often exceed 25-27°C and that sometimes they even reach i 30°C when sirocco gusts blow related to Atlantic disturbances. In practice, we are “continuously faced with the influence of the African heat, with temperatures well above” the seasonal averages. And it seems that this situation could persist even in the first part of November, with warmer days than usual, especially when the sirocco winds will be felt due to the disturbances that will cross the Mediterranean.
A heat reserve in North Africa
But where does this persistent hot African air that is influencing Italy come from? The answer lies in the presence of an excessively hot air mass in North Africa and the Sahara Desert. This is due to the expansion of the subtropical anticyclone belt, which has moved further north than usual. Normally, with the arrival of autumn and the approach of winter, this band moves further south, approaching the Equator. However, at the moment this has not happened and the warm subtropical currents are still too far north, directly influencing the climate of the Mediterranean.
In conclusion, it is very likely that even in the first half of November there will be warmer days than usual, with thermal anomalies that could exceed 8-10°C compared to the averages, especially before the arrival of the Atlantic disturbance fronts that They will reach the Mediterranean. This will cause significant temperature changes, with sudden episodes of very hot sirocco followed by cold fronts that will cause temperatures to plummet.
To have a more accurate image of the temperatures recorded in Italy, we will have to wait for new updates, which will not be lacking in future meteorological articles.