Wednesday, August 11, 2021

New heat record in Italy as anticyclone sweeps in

New heat record in Italy

Regional authorities in Sicily recorded temperatures of 48.8C today as an anticyclone dubbed "Lucifer" swept the country, which, if confirmed, would be a new Italy record.

The blistering temperature was recorded near Syracuse, beating Italy's all-time record of 48.5C in Sicily in 1999, although a spokesman for the national meteorological service said this still had to be validated.

Elsewhere in southern Italy, the anticyclone was forecast to send the mercury rising to between 39-42C before sweeping northwards, with weekend temperatures of up to 40C in the central regions of Tuscany and Lazio, which includes Rome.

The heat has raised fears over the fires that have blighted Sicily and the region of Calabria all summer, many caused by arson, but fuelled by warm winds and dry soil and plants.

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