Snowploughs hit the streets of southern Puglia on Sunday in Italy’s latest case of extreme weather.
Parts of the province of Lecce were turned white by an unseasonal hail storm, leading to surreal scenes as people in shorts and T-shirts were left digging out cars from up to 15 cm (6 inches) of ice.
It looks like winter, but it’s early June. An exceptional hailstorm sees the streets Puglia, in Southern Italy, covered in several centimeters of ice.
The storms also damaged crops in Puglia, which grows many of Italy’s olives, grapes and other fruits.
Major sever hailstorm in Poggiardo (Le), Puglia, south Italy this afternoon, June 2nd! Report: Alessandra Ra Guida / Meteopuglia in Foto pic.twitter.com/ycaEyRLoks— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) June 2, 2019
But this year has seen Italy swept by extreme weather, from floods in the east, high winds in the south and freezing temperatures in the north. The disturbances follow an unusually warm winter.
While the sun has returned to Rome and most of either coast, Italy’s Civil Protection Department is warning of ongoing storms and heavy rains in the far south and north, as well as over the mountains running up the centre of the peninsula.
Huge amounts of hail in Sternatia (Le), Puglia, south Italy this afternoon, June 2nd! Report: Meteopuglia in Foto pic.twitter.com/D2aLdukrZc— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) June 2, 2019
In these parts of the country, the bad weather is forecast to continue until at least Wednesday. But temperatures could climb suddenly towards the end of the week, hitting 30°C in some parts.
Unseasonal weather seems to become the new normal. Be ready and get prepared.