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November traveler to Italy? Grave risk of more floods, heavy rains.

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I have no intention of become the local Italian weather woman, and do not wish to raise needless alarm, but travelers to Italy in November need to stay alert to weather forecasts.

The forecast for next week in Liguria, Piemonte and Alpine regions is for grave flood conditions beyond the areas already affected, and the Italian weather service is issuing red alerts. The forecasts are for heavy rains for 5 or 6 days in a row in these areas, beginning roughly Nov 3 and ultimately affecting coastal areas as south as Napoli and the Amalfi.

Long term Italian weather forecasts are highly unreliable, although it is unusual for a prediction of several days of rain to turn out to be completely wrong. I don't post this information to suggest you cancel your trip. I post it to underscore that you need to watch weather forecasts in the immediate days before you take your flight, and while you travel inside Italy.

This is a good website for tracking the weather wherever you intend to be:

http://www.ilmeteo.it/meteo/Monterosso+al+Mare

If you don't plan to have an internet connection while you travel, you can ask the hosts at your lodgings to look at weather forecasts for you. You should especially do this if you are traveling by car because Italy's weather is intensely "micro-climate", so even if you are standing in a sunny spot, violent weather can be occurring only an hour or two away by car.

The recent experience of flash floods in le Cinque Terre demonstrated that the international media may not always cover situations you need to know about in Italy. So watch the internet.

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