As wildfires swept through the Italian island of Sicily, fueled\u0026nbsp;by an extreme heatwave,\u0026nbsp;officials in one city recorded a Wednesday recorded what is\u0026nbsp;believed to\u0026nbsp;be the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe.\r\n\r\nLocal meteorologists in Siracusa\u0026nbsp;reported that temperatures reached 48.8ºC or 119.8ºF,\u0026nbsp;breaking the continent\u0026#039;s previous record of 118.4ºF, which was set in 1977 in Athens.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe World Meteorological Organization still needs to independently confirm the high temperature. Local reports of the new all-time record are in line with the weather extremes\u0026nbsp;that have\u0026nbsp;been seen in the Mediterranean region.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The climate crisis—I\u0026#039;d like to use this term, and not climate change—the climate crisis is here, and it shows us everything needs to change.\u0022\r\n—Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek prime minister\r\n\r\nFirefighters in Sicily and Calabria have carried out more than 3,000 operations in the last 12 hours. Thousands of acres of land have\u0026nbsp;burned, and at least one death was reported in Calabria when a 76-year-old man\u0026#039;s home collapsed in flames.\r\n\r\n\u0022We are losing our history, our identity is turning to ashes, our soul is burning,\u0022\u0026nbsp;Giuseppe Falcomata, the\u0026nbsp;mayor of the historic city of Reggio Calabria, said in a statement on social media.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nFrancesco Italia, the mayor of Siracusa, told La Repubblica that the area is \u0022in full emergency.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We are devastated by the fires and our ecosystem—one of the richest and most precious in Europe—is at risk,\u0022 Italia said.\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams reported Wednesday, wildfires driven by extreme heat have devastated other parts of the Mediterranean.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIn Algeria, at least 65 people have been killed in wildfires in recent days, including 28 soldiers who had been deployed to battle the flames. Twelve firefighters were also in critical condition in hospitals on Wednesday.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nTunisia recorded its highest temperature ever on Tuesday, registering 49ºC (120ºF).\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIn Greece, most of the wildfires that have\u0026nbsp;burned through the country this week were under control on Thursday. Surveying the damage,\u0026nbsp;Prime Minister\u0026nbsp;Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the fires \u0022the greatest ecological catastrophe of the last few decades.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We managed to save lives, but we lost forests and property,\u0022 Mitsotakis said at a Thursday press conference in Athens.\r\n\r\nThe wildfires started amid an intense heatwave that lasted several days and forced officials to call on firefighters from 24 other countries across Europe and the Middle East to\u0026nbsp;help fight 100 active fires per day.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nMitsotakis did not express confidence that the situation will remain under control in the coming weeks, as the country\u0026#039;s wildfire season continues.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022We are in the middle of August and it\u0026#039;s\u0026nbsp;clear we will have difficult days ahead of us,\u0022 the prime minister told reporters.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The climate crisis—I\u0026#039;d like to use this term, and not climate change—the climate crisis is here, and it shows us everything needs to change,\u0022 Mitsotakis said.