The blistering temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius was recorded near Syracuse, beating Italy’s all-time record

Four people have died in Italy as devastating wildfires burn across the south of the country.
The burned body of a 79-year-old man was found in the Reggio Calabria area, in the southern region of Calabria, while another man, aged 77, died in the same region after trying to shelter his herd from the flames, news agencies reported.
Their deaths follow those of a 53-year-old woman and her 35-year-old nephew, also in Reggio Calabria, who died last Friday trying to save the family olive grove.
Regional authorities in Sicily recorded temperatures of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 Fahrenheit) Wednesday as an anticyclone dubbed “Lucifer” swept in, which if confirmed would be a new Italian and European record.
The blistering temperature was recorded near Syracuse, beating Italy’s all-time record of 48.5 degrees, set in Sicily in 1999, and the 1977 record of 48 degrees at Eleusis in Greece.
A spokesman for Italy’s national meteorological service said the result still had to be validated, while the World Meteorological Organization, which lists the Greece record as Europe’s highest, did not respond to requests for comment.
Elsewhere in southern Italy, the anticyclone was forecast to send the mercury rising to 39-42 degrees before sweeping northwards, with weekend temperatures of up to 40 degrees in the central regions of Tuscany and Lazio, which includes Rome.
As the capital warmed up on Wednesday, tourists sought out shade and water.
“I kinda like it, it’s the goal of summer to be hot and sweat and just enjoy it!” said Nora Vert, a 20-year-old from France.