December 6, 2022

Sicily heat wave: Italy may have recorded the hottest day in Europe

The city of Syracuse reached a turbulent record on Wednesday afternoon, with an anticyclone – Italian media reports referring to it as “Lucifer” – moving north across the country. A continuous heat wave around the Mediterranean contributes to Europe and North Africa The worst fire seen there in many years.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe was 48.0 ° C (118 ° F) in Athens, Greece.

The registration in Italy was confirmed by Sicilian authorities, but must be officially verified by the WMO.

“Currently there is no reason to go for it, but if possible, we will make a pre-post assessment of the accuracy of the measurement,” said the Sicilian Agricultural Meteorological Service, the official meteorological station operator in Sicily.

The anticyclone is a high pressure system where the atmospheric pressure is relatively higher than the surrounding air.

In the northern hemisphere, they rotate clockwise, while in the southern hemisphere they rotate in the other direction.

Some sparks were started by firefighters, but scientists say the climate crisis is causing more frequent and intense heat waves and fires, thus causing more destruction.

An official Report of the UN International Committee on Climate Change It was released on Monday that 38 weather conditions that could have contributed to wildfires in southern Europe have become more likely in the last century. Worldwide, heat waves and droughts have exacerbated fires.
People in Palermo, Sicily, cool off at sea on Wednesday.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is sometimes called the “Foot” of Italy, which is shaped like a boot.

The Spanish resort was hit by a ‘media tsunami’

Temperatures around the Mediterranean are 5 to 10 degrees Celsius higher than average this week, and dozens of people have died in wildfires in southern Europe and North Africa, most of them at least 69 in Algeria. Deaths have also been recorded in Turkey, which is now experiencing flooding on the Black Sea coast, killing at least nine people. Some parts of Italy and Greece were badly affected by the fire, and some villages were devastated.

A drone photo shows rescue operations in a building that collapsed after flooding in the Boskurt district of Turkey's Customon on Thursday.

A “mediocsunami” has struck the resort of Santa Pola in the Spanish city of Alicante. Pictures shared by police on Facebook on Wednesday night showed low levels of flooding in the streets.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States, a weather tsunami is a large wave “often associated with rapidly moving weather events caused by air pressure disturbances”.

“The storm creates a wave moving towards the shore, and this is amplified by the shallow continental shelf and the entrance, bay or other coastal features,” the scientists began to understand the phenomenon better.

Alicante was hit by low levels of flooding.

Santa Pola police said the water had occupied coastal roads and caused damage. The wave also affected fishing boats.

“Unexpected weather event surprised us tonight, sudden ‘wave surge’ caused problems for fishing boats and many boats slipped,” it said overnight in its statement.

According to the University of Alicante Climate Laboratory, frequent meteor showers occur on the Balearic Islands – including Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca – but “from time to time they occur in our area, although it is slightly more intense than usual.”

CNN’s Vasco da Gama contributed to the report.