Italy sets new European heat record: +48.8 ° C

Italy sets new European heat record: +48.8 ° C
Italy sets new European heat record: +48.8 ° C

The extreme heat is challenging this week's temperature records. Just a day after the national record was set in Italy, the same weather station in the city of Syracuse in Sicily could break the European record for the highest temperature! In the afternoon, Wednesday, August 11, Syracuse reported an amazing peak temperature of 48.8 ° C.

The heatwave has now moved to Spain and Portugal!

The data from the weather station are still being evaluated, the official confirmation will follow later. The extreme heat that continues in the Mediterranean region this week caused the temperature at the same weather station just yesterday to reach 47.0 ° C.

However, temperatures in much of the Mediterranean and North Africa are very high. In Tunisia, for example, yesterday a new temperature record was set for August, in the city of Jenduba +49, 0 ° C was recorded. In the capital Tunisia, the maximum temperature reached 48.9 ° C, setting a record for all stations.


The intense heat waves we see now in the south are not uncommon in Europe, but in recent years they have become more frequent and even more extreme. One example is the historic heat wave that swept Western Europe in the summer of 2019.

Not to mention the prolonged heat in the south of the Balkan Peninsula, especially in Greece, in early August. It has caused deadly fires and destruction in many parts of the peninsula, including Turkey.

The highest temperature ever officially observed in Europe is +48.0 ° C (118.4 ° F), recorded in two cities, Athens and Elefsina, Greece on July 10, 1977. While Greece held the record for the highest recorded temperature in Europe, Italy may now take that unpopular title away from it.

More recently, Greece has experienced its worst heat in years. The highest temperature was recorded in the city of Langadas in northern Greece and reached 47.1 ° C (116.8 ° F).

However, the national heat record in Italy is +47, 0 ° C, recorded on July 25, 2007 in the city of Foggia, Puglia region in the south of the country.

The intense heatwave is not over yet. While Italy is finally freeing itself from these brutally high temperatures, the most extreme temperatures are now expected over Spain and Portugal. From Friday to Sunday in Spain, temperatures are likely to easily exceed 45 ° C.

The current Spanish official record is +47.3 ° C (117.1 ° F) on 13 July 2017, recorded in the city of Montoro, Cordoba. While the highest temperature record in Portugal is +47.4 ° C (117.3 ° F), recorded on August 1, 2003 in the city of Amareleja, Beja.

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