According to ‘il meteo’ (Italian for weather forecast) we’re going to be in for a scorcher of a summer again. In fact, some say it could be the hottest summer on record. (Incidentally, the Italian for scorching is ‘rovente’.
Depending on where you live or what you like temperature-wise it’s going to be either good or bad news. If you spend your summer in the UK it’s going to be good news with ‘heat waves’ and comfortable swimming even on the beaches of Scotland. In Italy if you live north of the Apennines then it’s going to be variably very hot with more summer storms. If you live in central and southern Italy then it’s truly going to be hot with temperatures rising even above the 43 degrees hit in 2003 and reaching 45.
Already there have been above average April temperatures for Italy, although at this moment there is a temperature drop of ten degrees thanks to cyclone Medusa. (It was just five degrees last night). Some people say there is a correlation between the advent of El Nino one year and high summer temperatures the next. This is not completely proven but what is sure is that globe-warming is a fact. I’m, therefore, glad that an agreement was signed between the powers on Earth Day last week. Whether it will be kept to is another matter, however…
Meanwhile, make sure you’ve got enough water stored for your allotment and that the fridge works!
I’ve always looked forwards to summer in Italy. Let’s hope that what Henry James said still remains true for me after this summer comes and goes:
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Meanwhile, this morning I woke up to this.
I don’t need to tell you the English equivalent of this Italian saying:
‘Rosso di sera bel tempo si spera; rosso di mattina la pioggia si avvicina.’