More Rain to Enhance Flooding in Italy

It seems as if northern Italy and southeastern France can not catch a break from the persistent rounds of flooding rain. Early this week, another storm system will bring even more rain to the region. However, there may be a break from the rainfall later in the week.

So far this month rainfall has exceeded 250 mm (10 inches) in much of the area. Already over 540 mm (21 inches) had fell in Genvoa, Italy and 460 mm (18 inches) as soaked Montelimar, France. In Genova, this is about half of their yearly average rainfall in just 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, there is yet another round of rainfall expected to wet the region Monday and into Tuesday.

In a set-up similar to the past several rounds of rainfall, an area of low pressure will dive south across western Europe, pulling moisture northward from the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Meteorologist Tyler Roys, "The highest threat for flooding will be found across northern Italy. In these areas, major flooding has already occurred, so additional rainfall will only hamper any clean-up efforts."

He adds, "Some rain will also wet southeastern France, but the flooding threat will not be a high during this rain event as the core of the moisture moves further to the east".

Rain amounts across northern Italy will reach 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) with as much as 150 mm (6 inches) possible along the southern slopes of the Alps along with in the northern Apennines. Genova will be one city threatened by over 75 mm (3 inches) of rain.

As this moisture slams into the Alps, snow will pile up as upwards of a meter (3 feet) will fall above 1,500 meters (5,000 feet).

There is, however, a stretch of dry weather coming to the region later in the week.

Once this final round of rain exits the region, meteorologists say that a ridge of high pressure is expected to build across the western and central Mediterranean which will block any additional storms from affecting the area. This stretch of dry weather looks to start during the middle of the week and should continue into the weekend.