DISCUSSION: Strong thunderstorms erupted over Italy on the day Sunday thanks in part to the very warm and unstable air mass that has been in place for days now. This unstable air aided in the development of large hailstones and very heavy rainfall, which led to mudslides across Northern Italy. No injuries or deaths were reported from these storms. However, Italians have a lot of cleanup to do. Streets turned into rivers of water and mud as the heavy rainfall from the morning moved to lower ground. Several homes and businesses were left with a thick layer of muck to contend with. Across Central and Southern Italy, hail became the major player as hailstones the size of golf balls came crashing down on homes and cars. Again, thankfully, no injuries or deaths were reported but insurance companies will have a lot of work come Monday. The storms continued to work their way to the South and East as the Sun began to set across the European continent. The storms will bring a brief reprieve from the intense heat and humidity, but muggy conditions will make a comeback later this week.
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~ Meteorologist Jake Keiser