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Rainfall in northern Italy highest recorded in 150 years

Cold temperatures from March to May justify complaints

Rainfall in northern Italy highest recorded in 150 years

Rome, May 30 - Although everyone complains about the weather, northern Italians really were justified in their gripes this year as the region suffered its rainiest spring in at least 150 years, authorities said Thursday. In many parts of the Emilia Romagna region, as well as Veneto, Tuscany and Liguria, rainfall between March and May was among the highest since records were kept at least 150 years ago. And temperatures in the area will likely prove to be the lowest since 1991, added Daniele Cat Berro of the Italian Meteorological Society. "In cities like Parma, Piacenza and other areas of the northeast, record rainfall was recorded in the last three months...overall, in fact, rainfall in these locations was the highest ever recorded," said Cat Berro. But things are looking up for June, said Antonio Sano' director of the webpage www.ilmeteo.it. He thinks that although temperatures in May might have hit lows not seen since the 1980s, the mercury should rise in Italian thermometers to normal, hot levels by the first week of June.

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