Authorities in Italy claim that the island of Sicily may have broken Europe’s all-time warm record, with a temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit), having an anticyclone nickname “Lucifer.”
Sicilian has confirmed the data. However, it must be formally verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) the record-breaking temperature in the southeast island of Sicily.
According to Sicilian Agrometeorological Data Service, Sicily’s official climate station operator, “meanwhile, there aren’t any causes to invalidate it, but when attainable, we are going to make an ex-post analysis on the accuracy of the measure.”
Meanwhile, meteorologist Manuel Mazzoleni said that it might be the highest temperature recorded in Europe.
“If the data is validated, it could become the highest value ever recorded in Europe, beating the previous record of 48 degrees measured in Athens on July 10, 1977,” he said.
From Friday until the weekend, temperatures are forecast to remain to be hot.
Firefighters in Sicily and Calabria stated on Twitter that they battled more than 500 fires overnight, using five planes to try to douse the flames from above.
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