Bologna, July 16, 2023 – Arecord heat wave, abnormal, which places the average temperatures above all the averages recorded so far. “Until now”, unfortunately, are the keywords of this new weather alert for heat: the thermometer continues to rise, year after year. world the month of June 2023 was the hotter than ever: one more grade was registered in Italy.
The heat also makes the sea red hot (credit European Union, Copernicus Copernicus Marine Service)
Technical sheet: Tips to face the heat / The areas of greatest risk
yellow weather alert
Since the Southern Italy it’s even worse, now comes the new one yellow weather alert for almost the entire region announcing extreme temperatures in all low-lying areas, sparing only the areas of the Apennines. bologna stands firm of Red point according to the national civil protection. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the Po Valley will be on the grid, and all of us with it. The end? A partial truce will arrive on Thursday, experts say, but it will by no means be over.
The ‘garbino’ also reaches the sea
Call it Charon, call it the African anticyclone, call it what you want: the result is only one. It suffocates from the heat and even the sea boils, according to data collected by the Copernicus Marine Service satellite. To make the situation worse – warns Arpa – the strong ‘garbin’What is it called in Romagna? the wind Libeccio. In short, that hot and sticky breath that, instead of relieving, makes things worse.
The cities are boiling
In cities, professional detection systems await reach over 38 degrees associated with high humidity. This means that the bioclimatic discomfort, measured by the Thom index, will be very high: if the humidity is very high, in fact, sweat does not evaporate rapidly and body heat is not effectively removed. and they will be even the nights are very hot, with lows that will hardly drop below 25 degrees, especially in the heat bubbles attracted by the asphalt. In short, sleeping will be a challenge.
Hot: the Thom index measures bioclimatic discomfort by combining humidity and temperature values
the effects of heat
And the first problems begin: supermoto racing Running on the Imola circuit, some laps were shortened because the riders, wearing helmets and under the sun, risked getting sick: they cooled off with ice packs on their heads. In it Ravenna Prison a violent protest was unleashed by the inmates locked in cells with armored doors that do not let in even a gust of wind. So the calls for them to come multiply changed the schedule for those who have to do outdoor work: when the sun reaches its zenith, it would be good to stop the hard work.
The forecast for tomorrow
According to Arpa Emilia Romagna, they are scheduled for Monday, July 17 maximum temperatures even above 38 degrees in lowland areas. They are also not mutually exclusive. strong winds (50-61 km/h) from south west from the afternoon with possible temporary reinforcements or gusts of greater intensity on the crest of the Romagna Apennines. And, as has been said, the south-westerly wind is the Garbino, or rather the warm Libeccio. The trend for the next 48 hours is expected to remain stationary.
When will it end?
Starting Thursday – Arpa promises – progressive weakening of the high pressure field will be able to bring more cloudiness with more probable accumulations in the northernmost plains of the region with associated possibility of isolated showers and with declining temperatures.
Why is this umpteenth heat wave coming?
As it explains Massimo Galletti, better known as Meteo Max, there was a drop in pressure towards the Azores reminiscent of the North African anticyclonic dome filled with hot air over the Mediterranean. Once this anomaly occurred very rarely, today it is almost a habit (unfortunately). In short, the anticyclone of the Azores that once watched over our cool summers is less and less visible in these parts, leaving room for its much less beloved African cousin.