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Kuwait registers record high temperature
July 23, 2016, 4:48 pm

A smoldering heat-wave that scorched Kuwait over the weekend set the country up for a world mercury record. Initial reports suggest that temperature on Thursday, 21 July hit 54 degrees centigrade in Mutriba, located about 85km to the northwest of Kuwait City.

If confirmed, Kuwait would tie with California’s Death Valley as the hottest place on Earth. A similar blistering 54 degrees (129.2°F) was recorded in Death Valley on 1 July 2013. Thursday’s temperature in Kuwait is likely to be authenticated, as the same weekend heat wave extended into Iraq and Iran, where temperature at Basrah in Iraq set an all-time high of 53.4°C, while Gotvand in Iran recorded 52.2°C.

Kuwait meteorologist Essa Ramadan said he expected the hot weather caused by the heat wave to continue for a couple of days and warned people to remain indoors as much as possible. He pointed out that an extensive heat-wave which hovered over Kuwait for the last few days was responsible for the high temperatures and humidity. He assured people that the hot air mass, which is currently over Saudi Arabia and parts of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, would begin to dissipate by Saturday. However, he reminded everyone that the temperatures recorded and published are shade temperatures and that out in the open the direct heat could easily exceed 60°C.

In light of the prevailing high temperatures, and the likelihood of it continuing throughout the months of July and August, Kuwaiti parliamentarian Ahmad Lari has proposed reducing the number of working hours for employees and increasing the weekend holidays to three days, from the current two days, for all state institutions and government agencies.

The record temperatures being registered in recent years reiterate the point being made by climate scientists that the world is increasingly growing hotter as a result of anthropogenic factors. While 2015 holds the current record for world’s hottest year, 2016 is all set to beat that record. Last June was the hottest June since temperatures began to be recorded more than 135 years ago in 1880.

The last 14 consecutive months have also gone on record as being the hottest respective months in recorded history. In 2016, record warmth was observed in much of much of Southeast Asia, portions of northern South America, Central America, the Caribbean, northern and eastern Australia, and the Middle-East.

As the impact of climate change begins to manifest itself in various climatic, geographic and topographic transformations, many urban areas around the world could soon become uninhabitable. Low-lying GCC states are especially vulnerable as they are exposed to several vagaries of climate change, including rising sea levels, higher temperatures and depleting groundwater reserves. Unless sustainable policies and protective measures are implemented on an urgent basis, much of this region could soon become a challenge to human habitation.


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Joseph Panicker  Posted on : July 24, 2016 2:39 pm
Dear Reader,
Small city in northwest India,Phalodi in Rajasthan, climbed to a searing 51 degree Celsius or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday afternoon 19th may 2016,and broke the country’s record for all-time hottest temperature.The previous record was set in 1886 and that was 50.6 degree Celsius.
This is the case in elsewhere in the globe such as US.
The scientists yet to confirm the reason of heat wave is due to Man made Global warming through burning the fossil fuel or any other temporary phenomenon like Solar Flare etc.
Thanks to Mr. Raven D'Souza for bringing out such important news and making public aware of the consequences.
Joseph Panicker

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