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The Italian South is a subtropical paradise: Part 3

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Previous discussions on the matter can be found here:

https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/65273-the-italian-south-is-a-subtropical-paradise/

https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/65544-the-italian-south-is-a-subtropical-paradise-part-2

I will reiterate my case that the Italian South is a subtropical paradise, as @UK_Palms has been proven to be obnoxious troll with his rant. Even with the recent cold outbreaks that have happened this season thus far, many areas of the Italian South still have yet to go below 50F, especially in areas of Sicily, Apulia, and Calabria. That means that all the mentioned areas in winter will (and are) going through USDA zone 10 winters, warm enough for many tender tropical plants, such as flame trees, or coconut palms. The fact that such strong arctic outbreaks couldn't even drop temps below 50F , or even 55F in those areas of the South in October is proof positive of just how hard it is for the region to experience arctic cold. And as of recent, the region has been enjoying day after day of 80+F temps, living up to its status as snow birder's paradise.

These recent times of cold outbreaks in the Italian South are only possible due to the fact that the region is under a cold cycle, where the atmospheric conditions, circulations etc, are such that cold outbreaks, troughs, etc can easily reach the region. But make no mistake, the Italian South is a naturally warm subtropical region, and it is quite expected, given that result of Italy being surrounded by the warm Mediterranean Sea; warm, moist maritime conditions are seen in the region year-round, and such conditions can extend as far north, and inland, as Rome, or Florence.

Look no further than the fact that many animals and plants from the tropical Africa and Asia, such as lions, parrots, flamingoes, mangrove trees, and date palms, are able to range naturally into much of Southern Italy, if you want proof of just how warm the Italian South naturally is.

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