According to CNN, more than 100 people were hurt in Italy after hail the size of a tennis ball landed on towns and villages in the northern Veneto area. The hailstones, which measured up to 10 cm in diameter, caught local officials off guard, according to regional president Luca Zaia, who was quoted by the outlet.

In some locations, emergency services received over 500 calls for assistance after property and residents were hurt. The videos of the massive hailstorms in Padova, Veneto, have gone viral on social media.
According to CNN, the storm caused several windows to break and trees to be destroyed.

“After affecting our mountain regions, the wave of bad weather has now reached the plains, causing injury to some people,” Mr Zaia said, adding that most injuries were caused by broken glass and people slipping on the hailstones.

He also hailed the rescuers who stepped in and began the restoration process. Winds reaching 140 kmph were also reported in the impacted area.
The trees “snapped like toothpicks” and sheet metal roofing “ripped from houses” before falling several hundred yards away, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
While hailstorms and rain fell on Italy, other parts of Europe broiled in a heatwave that was followed by wildfires.
Firefighters fought fires in Greece and the Canary Islands, Spain issued heat advisories, and several local temperature records were broken in southern France. Meteo France reported a record 29.5 degrees Celsius at the Alpine ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, which is at an elevation of 1,860 metres, and 40.6 degrees Celsius had been recorded for the first time in Verdun in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The UN’s World Meteorological Agency (WMO) said the trend of heatwaves “shows no signs of decreasing” in a stark warning of the effects of global warming.

Categorized in: