New year kicking off with mild temperatures
Sunny weather forecast in north, rain in centre and south30 December, 15:35
Overall much of the country will not need to turn up the heat this week with temperatures rarely dipping below zero, Giuliacci said, as moisture from the Atlantic will bring overcast skies and rain well into the first days of 2014.
On New Year's Day, low pressure will make its way over most of Italy with cloudy skies ''though little rain is predicted and an umbrella will be necessary only in the northeast, in Tuscany and down south', said Giuliacci.
However, the cold could tighten its grip on Italy after January 6, according to the weather service.