Climate in Italy in 2016: the new ISPRA report
ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per lamProtezione e la Ricerca Ambientale) presents data on climate trends in Italy during 2016
The XII ISPRA Report "Climate Indicators in Italy" presents data on the national climate trends during 2016 and updates the estimate of variations occurred in recent decades. The document is based on the observations of around 1100 weather monitoring stations across the Country. 2016 has been the hottest sixth year for Italy since 1961. While the world average annual increase stands at + 1.31°C, in Italy the 2016 winter season was the one with the most marked thermal anomaly with an average annual value of +2.15°C. However, all months of the last year were warmer than usual. There were also events characterized by very high precipitation intensity, such as those affecting Liguria and Piedmont. However, the most important aspect was the persistence of drought conditions. Annual precipitations were overall lower than the average of about 6%. In particular, the second part of 2016 has been characterized by prolonged periods of scarcity or lack of rainfall over several areas of the Country, which caused a considerable depletion of water resources. The predominantly dry character of 2016 is confirmed by the national average relative humidity value which, with an average anomaly of -2.4%, represents the fourth lower value since 1961. However, no particularly intense and lasting heat waves occurred.