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Amid extreme heat, Spain clocks record temperature of 117°F

A man sunbathes in a park during a heatwave in Madrid, Spain, on August 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
A man sunbathes in a park during a heatwave in Madrid, Spain, on August 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

Spain set a new provisional heat record of 47.2 degrees Celsius (116.96 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, as Southern Europe swelters under a relentless summer sun.

Data from Spain’s State Meteorological Agency says the potential new record was recorded at Montoro, Cordoba, at 5:10 p.m.

If confirmed, that would exceed the country’s previous record of 46.9 degrees Celsius (116.42°F), set nearby in July 2017.

Amid the high temperatures, Italy puts 16 cities on red alert for health risks, and Portugal warns that 75 percent of its regions face a “significantly increased risk” of wildfires.

The high heat comes only days after Sicily reported a temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.84°F) on Wednesday, which is also awaiting verification, and would be the highest ever recorded in Europe.

Europe’s current heat record came in 1977, when Athens hit 48.0 degrees Celsius (118.4°F).

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