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Drenching Rain Comes to Italy, Southeast Europe

By Evan Duffey, Meteorologist
June 17, 2014; 3:25 AM ET

While much of Italy experienced below normal rainfall during the first half of June, that pattern changed this week as showers and thunderstorms drenched the region.

A storm system developing across the Mediterranean will continue to bring rounds of rain and thunderstorms from central and northern Italy into southeast Europe.

Prior to this week, much of this region had only seen 25-50 percent of their normal precipitation over the past three weeks; however, up to a month's worth of rain will fall in some areas through Friday.

Cities at highest risk from this storm system include: Florence, Genoa, and Rome in Italy, as well as Sarajevo, Belgrade and Bucharest in southeast Europe.

Rome was lashed by four rounds of thunderstorms from Sunday into Tuesday morning, bringing more than 4 inches (100 mm) of rain to the area.

In general, rainfall totals across much of central and northern Italy will average 2 inches (50 mm), with the heaviest rainfall totaling over 5 inches (125 mm).

Satellite image from Monday showing widespread clouds across southern Europe as rain and thunderstorm drench the region.

According to Accuweather.com Meteorologist Tyler Roys, flooding will be a concern. "Considering how dry the region has been as of late, the ground will struggle to absorb the expected amount of rainfall. Any location that has a quick inch or two of rain will need to be concerned with flash flooding."

"In the more mountainous areas, mudslides will certainly be a possibility", continued Roys.

Roys was also worried about river flooding. "The amount of rain expected may tax rivers by the end of the week. If any one region has too much rain, expect rivers to crest at or above flood stage."

While the soaking rain will bring plenty of negative impacts, crops struggling due the recent dry spell will have some recovery. Also, temperatures are running well above normal for many locations in the region this month. The storm will bring much cooler conditions to the relief of many.

Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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