27/06/2017

Weather in Italy

People visiting Italy will realize that climate there is highly diversified, with extremes (which are quite normal if bear in mind altitude) ranging from

 

 

 


 

People visiting Italy will realize that climate there is highly diversified, with extremes (which are quite normal if bear in mind altitude) ranging from frigid in the higher elevations of the Alps and Apennines, to semitropical along the coast of the Ligurian Sea and the western coast of the lower peninsula. There are also some regional climatic variations on the peninsula coming from the configurations of the Apennines, and are influenced by tempering winds from the adjacent seas. You will see that in the lowlands regions and lower slopes of the Apennines bordering the western coast, from northern Tuscany to the vicinity of Rome, winters are mild and sunny, and extreme temperatures are slightly modified by some cooling Mediterranean breezes.

Temperatures in the same latitudes on the east of the peninsula are much lower, chiefly because of the prevailing north eastern winds. Along the upper eastern slopes of the Apennines, climatic conditions are particularly bleak. Semitropical conditions prevail in southern Italy and along the Gulf of Genoa, whereas the climate of the Plain of Lombardy is continental. Warm summers and cold winters prevail on this plain, which is shielded from sea breezes by the Apennines. Heaviest precipitation occurs in Italy during the fall and winter months, when westerly winds prevail. The lowest mean annual rainfall, about 460 mm (about 18 in), occurs in the Apulian province of Foggia in the south and in southern Sicily; the highest, about 1,520 mm (about 60 in), occurs in the province of Udine in the northeast.

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