A sudden and powerful ice blast covered Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, in a 30cm-deep ‘snow blanket’ after the temperatures suddenly plunged from 35C to 12C despite a record-breaking heatwave across the continent on August 2, 2018. Temperatures plummeted to just 12C, while a 30cm-deep blanket of hailstones caused havoc on the busy roads. Witnesses described a “snow blanket” on the roads, just minutes after a sweltering 35C heatwave.
The violent hailstorm was caught on camera by drivers on the Strada 131 in Campeda, Sardinia, prompting dozens of requests to emergency services.
The sudden hailstorm caused transport chaos for some motorists, including an accident between two cars.
The cold temperature blast was also felt in nearby towns, including Mamoiada, Sorgono and Tonara. Flash flooding struck the nearby region of Nuorese, with emegency services called out to empty water from flooded basements.
Mayors and traffic wardens have been at work since to restore road conditions in the affected zones.
Viewers online describe the weather videos in Sardinia as “unbeliable” while others claimed “the end was near” due to the bizarre weather.
Despite this week’s ice blast, the Italian island is back to scorching temperatures. right now.