Milan records hottest day in 260 years

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Milan records hottest day in 260 years
A screen in central Milan displays the weather forecasts for the following days on Tuesday, August 22nd. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

The city of Milan, northern Italy, registered the highest average daily temperature in the past 260 years on Wednesday, environmental protection agency ARPA said.


The Milano Brera weather station recorded an average of 33C (91.4 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, the highest since it started registering temperatures in 1763.

The northern city's previous record – 32.8C – was set in 2003.

According to ARPA, Milan also recorded the highest minimum temperature ever on Thursday: 28.9C.  

ARPA said the Italian Alps have recently been hit by "intense and abnormal" temperatures, but added that the heatwave was about to break, with heavy rainstorms expected in the next few days.

READ ALSO: Italy’s heatwave set to break as bad weather edges closer

Emissions of greenhouse gases are enabling increasingly intense and long-lasting heatwaves, especially in Europe, which the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says is the world's fastest warming continent.


Heatwaves are among the deadliest natural hazards, with thousands of people dying from preventable heat-related causes each year.

READ ALSO: Europe could soon face 'nearly 100,000 deaths a year linked to extreme heat'


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Mauro 2023/08/27 23:23
So, what was the excuse for hitting this temp 260 years ago? Cow farts?

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