Nearly 30 inches of rain fell in 12 hours in Italy on Monday, breaking a European record

Nearly 30 inches of rain fell in 12 hours in Italy on Monday, breaking a European record

  • Northern Italy saw 29.2 inches of rain in 12 hours on Monday, the Washington Post reported.
  • It broke the European record for the most rainfall in a 12-hour period, a climatologist said.
  • Photos and videos show the extreme flooding and destruction as a result of the storms.

Nearly 30 inches of rain fell in just 12 hours in Italy on Monday, the Washington Post reported.

Thunderstorms dumped 29.2 inches of rain on Rossiglione in Italy’s Genoa province, causing the greatest 12-hour rainfall in Europe on record, according to climatologist Maximiliano Herrera.

Typically, the region gets about 50 inches of rain in an entire year, according to Climate-Data.org.

Photos and videos show the extreme flooding and destruction these storms caused in Rossiglione:

This extreme weather follows a summer full of similar events likely exacerbated by climate change, which can intensify the amount of rain that falls. When Hurricane Ida dumped 8 inches of rain on New York City in September, some areas saw more than 3 inches per hour.

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