ROME, Aug 25 (Reuters) – The northern Italian city of Milan recorded a new average daily temperature of 33 Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday as it reached the peak of a heat wave that began in mid-August, the regional environmental protection agency (ARPA) said. ) said Friday.
It was the hottest day since the Milano Brera weather station began recording temperatures in 1763. Milan’s previous record of 32.8 C was set on August 11, 2003.
Rome, Italy’s capital, recorded a record high of 41.8 Celsius (°C) in July, scorching much of southern Europe this summer, sparking wildfires, prompting governments to issue health warnings and disrupting holidays for many tourists.
ARPA said in a report that August 23 and 24 were the hottest days of the summer across the Lombardy region around Milan, with many cities recording peak temperatures above 40 C.
It also said “extreme and unusual” temperatures hit the Italian Alps.
However, the heat wave is about to end, with heavy thunderstorms and a sharp drop in temperatures of 10-15 C early next week, the agency said.
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Reporting by Federica Urso, Editing by Gavin Jones and Emilia Sithole-Madaris
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