High heat: Spain clocks prelim record of 47.2 C (116.96 F)

People enjoy a day at the beach, in Ostia, in the outskirts of Rome, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. A heat wave settled over southern Europe threatened temperatures topping 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in many parts of the Iberian Peninsula on Saturday while Italian authorities expanded to 16 the number of cities on red alert for conditions that can pose a health risk to the elderly and vulnerable. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

MADRID — Spain set a new provisional heat record of 47.2 degrees Celsius (116.96 Fahrenheit) on Saturday as Southern Europe sweltered under a relentless summer sun. Italy put 16 cities on red alert for health risks and Portugal warned 75% of its regions that they faced a “significantly increased risk” of wildfires.