Italy may have hit Europe’s hottest day on record as anticyclone

Italy may have hit Europe’s hottest day on record as anticyclone

authorities in italy say the island of sicily may have set an all-time heat record for europe hitting a temperature of 48.8 degrees celsius 119.8 degrees fahrenheit the city of syracuse hit the blistering record on wednesday afternoon as an anti-cyclone which italian media reports are referring to as lucifer swept in and continues to moves north up the country a persistent heat wave around the mediterranean in europe and north africa has contributed to some of the worst fires seen there in years the hottest temperature ever recorded in europe was 48.0 degrees celsius 118 degrees fahrenheit in athens greece in 1977 according to the world meteorological organization wmo the record in italy was confirmed by sicilian authorities but needs to be officially verified by the wmo at the moment there are no reasons to invalidate it but if possible we will make an ex-post evaluation on the accuracy of the measure said the sicilian agro-meteorological information service sicily’s official weather station operator an anti-cyclone is a high pressure system where atmospheric pressure is relatively higher than the air surrounding it in the northern hemisphere they turn clockwise while they turn the other direction in the southern hemisphere some of the fires have been started by arsonists but scientists say it’s the climate crisis that is making heat waves and fires more frequent and intense and therefore more destructive an authoritative report by the un’s international panel on climate change published monday said that 38 weather conditions that promote wildfires have become more probable in southern europe over the last century globally the heat waves and droughts worsening fires have increased too sicily is the largest island in the mediterranean and sits off what is sometimes referred to as the toe of italy a country that is shaped like a boot temperatures around the mediterranean have been 5 to 10 degrees celsius higher than average this week and dozens of people have died in wildfires tearing across southern europe and north africa most of them in algeria where at least 69 people have been killed deaths have been record in turkey as well which is now also experiencing flooding on the black sea coast leaving at least nine people dead parts of italy and greece have also been badly hit by fires where some villages have been largely destroyed and santa paula a resort in the spanish city of alicante has been hit with a meteor tsunami images shared by police on facebook wednesday night showed low-level flooding on the streets meteor tsunamis are large waves driven by air pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events according to the national oceanic and atmospheric administration in the u.s
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Italy may have hit Europe\'s hottest day on record as anticyclone

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