The spectacular mammatus clouds immortalized yesterday in Sicily have been followed, unfortunately, by a rather violent weather phenomenon.
After enjoying temperatures reaching 20°C during the day, the air cooled suddenly and a violent storm has dumped over half a meter of hail in Roccalumera, Messina during the night.
Cars trapped in more than 50cm (20 inches) of hail in Roccalumera, Messina, Sicily. Picture via InMeteo.net
Today, hail is still present in abundance, blocking trains and closing roads.
Homes and businesses damage have been reported due to the heavy hail accumulation on roofs and windows.
This anomalous weather phenomenon is linked to the important thermal contrasts between the cold North Atlantic air and the hot North African air.
Fortunately, the hail stones were of medium to small size! Imagine the damage with larger ice balls falling from the sky!