/ 13 August 2021

Hot in Italy

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Not you in your holiday pics from way back when… Italy yesterday recorded what appears to be the highest temperature in European history. The island of Sicily hit 48.8C during a nationwide heatwave, and while it hasn’t been verified by the world weather police, it’s set to break the previous record of 48C set in Athens in 1977. For comparison: Australia’s highest temperature is 50.7C at South Australia’s Oodnadatta Airport in January 1960. The global record? A whopping 56.7C at Furnace Creek, California, in 1913. Italy’s sizzler comes as fires burn across the region. If that wasn’t enough for Turkey, it has been hit with heavy rains in the north, triggering severe floods and mudslides.

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