ROME – Bad weather over Italy in the next few hours, when the Mediterranean area will be reached by masses of cold air from Eastern Europe, with the consequent deepening of an area of low pressure. In our country, in particular, we will see a general and significant drop in temperatures and a worsening of the winter-style weather on the major islands, starting with Sardinia. On the basis of the available forecasts, the Civil Protection Department, in agreement with the regions involved – which are responsible for activating the civil protection systems in the territories concerned – has issued a warning of adverse weather conditions. The weather phenomena, impacting on the various areas of the country, could determine hydrogeological and hydraulic criticalities which are reported, in a national summary, in the national criticality and alert bulletin which can be consulted on the Department website (www.protezionecivile.gov.it).
From the early hours of tomorrow, Monday 6 February, the warning forecasts scattered snowfalls over Sardinia, above 500-800 m, with contributions to the ground from weak to moderate, up to abundant on the highest elevations of the eastern side. Furthermore, from early morning, the persistence of northerly winds, from strong to stormy, is expected on Puglia and on the Ionian and Apennine sectors of Basilicata and Calabria. The meteorological picture and criticalities forecast for Italy are updated daily on the basis of new forecasts and the evolution of phenomena, and are available on the Civil Protection Department website (www.protezionecivile.gov.it), together with the general rules of conduct to keep in mind case of bad weather. Information on regional alert levels, on specific criticalities that could affect individual territories and on the preventive actions taken are managed by the territorial civil protection structures, in contact with which the Department will follow the evolution of the situation.