In climate news, a weather station in Sicily recorded a high temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius Wednesday — that’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit, an all-time record for Europe. Across the Strait of Sicily, Tunisia’s capital Tunis logged a record temperature of 49 degrees Celsius. The heat wave has kicked off hundreds of wildfires across North Africa and Southern Europe.
In Turkey, at least six people were killed after flooding and mudslides from torrential rains swept away cars, washed out bridges and left people stranded on rooftops. The flooding on Turkey’s northern coast came as intense heat and drought in southern Turkey has fueled over 200 wildfires.