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Europe’s highest ever temperature recorded in Sicily as heatwave sparks wildfires

The highest ever temperature in European history has been recorded in Italy.

Early reports suggest that temperatures in Sicily reached 48.8°C (119.84°F) during a heatwave sweeping the country. If the World Meteorological Organisation accepts the readings, it will break the previous record of 48°C (118.4°F) recorded in Athens back in 1977.

The news comes amid a heatwave that has seen huge wildfires rip through southern Europe. In Greece, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as the fires rage.

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