Sicily, Italy, recorded the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe: 48.8 ° C (119.8F). The World Meteorological Organization will check the recorded figures.
WMO data indicate that the previous record of 48.0 ° C was recorded in 1977 in Athens, Greece. The current heat wave in Italy is caused by the Lucifer anticyclone moving from Africa. It travels north across the mainland and is expected to significantly increase temperatures in Italian cities, including the Italian capital Rome.
The Italian Ministry of Health has issued red warnings about expected heat waves in eight regions. By Friday, their number is expected to increase to 15. Experts warn about the health effects of high temperatures and recommend that people at risk stay at home whenever possible.
Experts believe that the set temperature record can be broken in the coming days, and the thermometer is quite capable of reaching 50 ° C.