Spain confirms new highest temperature record – 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba


Spain's State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) confirmed1 the country's highest temperature on record was set at 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) in the city of Montoro, Cordoba on Saturday, August 14, 2021. The record was set at 15:10 UTC (17:10 LT). The city's minimum temperature that day was 20.9 °C (69.6 °F) recorded at 05:20 UTC.

The country's previous highest temperature record was 47.3 °C (117.1 F) set on July 13, 2017, also in Montoro.

Montoro is located about 45 km (28 miles) ENE of the capital of the province, Córdoba, at an altitude of 155 m (508 feet).

The event comes 3 days after the Sicilian province of Siracusa, Italy registered 48.8 °C (119.8 °F) at 11:14 UTC (13:14 LT) on August 11, 2021, potentially setting a new European record.2

Credit: SIAS

This temperature would also beat Italy's unofficial record of 48.5 °C (119.3 °F) set in Catenanuova, Sicily in August 1999.

The current highest temperature record in Italy is 47 °C (116.6 °F) set in Foggia, Apulia region on July 25, 2007.

The current highest temperature record in Europe is 48 °C (118.4 °F), set on July 10, 1977, in Athens and Elefsina, Greece.


1 AEMET – Highest temperature registered in Spain – FB

2 Sicily registers 48.8 °C (119.8 °F), potentially setting new European record – The Watchers

Featured image credit: AEMET


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