Last update: August 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 am
Record-setting heat has been plaguing southern Italy this summer, increasing the fire danger across the country. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Aqua satellite on July 24, 2003, shows numerous fires detected by MODIS and marked with red dots. Dust from the Sahara Desert hangs over the southwest part of the scene, softening the appearance of Tunisia (bottom left), Sardinia (top left), and Sicily (bottom center).
Credit: Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC