Cyclone Cleopatra to bring heavy storms over Tuscany

Heavy rains expected in TuscanyFLORENCE, ITALY – “Cleopatra”, a Mediterranean cyclone, will usher autumn into Italy. Generated by the clash between the cold air moving southwards from the Arctic to Spain and Morocco and the warm air from the Saharan hinterland, Cleopatra will become strongest between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Weather portal director, Antonio Sano said that Cleopatra will bring a risk of severe storms in at least 6 regions storms on Sunday and Monday: Liguria, Lombardy, Friuli and then Tuscany, Lazio, Campania.

Heavy showers are expected over upper Tuscany, Lazio and Rome starting Monday, with at least 50-100mm of rain falling in 12 hours. The bad weather conditions will reach the southern areas of the country on Monday night into Tuesday while it will continue to rain in the Northeast where it may snow at 1600m although conditions are expected to improve with a drop in temperatures.

A new wave of bad weather will mar the following weekend with continuous rain in the northwest and Tuscany expected to last into November. According to Italian meteorologist Edoardo Ferrara of the severe storm this weekend will be accompanied by strong south winds.

The situation for the Tyrrhenian slopes is potentially dangerous since the warm sea temperatures may enhance the storms over Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia, and the eastern coast of Liguria. Over 100mm of rain may fall in less than two hours, with flash flooding and landslides.

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