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Kuwait, Iraq sizzle at 54 degrees, record to be tied with the world's hottest day ever

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KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Sizzling at temperatures that are unimaginable in many parts of the world, Kuwaiti city Mitribah and Iraq’s Basra town are said to have recorded figures, that if validated, will represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere.> Big News Network

The claims have been made by Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt who said that on Thursday temperatures at these two Middle East regions soared beyond 53 degrees.

While the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait touched 54 degrees celsius on Thursday, Iraq’s Basra came close, burning up at 53.6 degrees on Thursday and soaring to 53.9 degrees on Friday.

Basra’s Thursday temperature record was the highest ever recorded in Iraq and then it surpassed its own record the next day.

The two experts have further compared the temperature at Mitribah to the highest temperature recorded on planet earth ever - Death Valley, California’s 56.7 degrees celsius on July 10, 1913.

Burt has however argued about the Californian record, saying he does not believe it is a credible measurement. “The record has been scrutinised perhaps more than any other in the United States. I don’t have much more to add to the debate aside from my belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence.”

Further, reports from Kuwait have attributed the unprecedented temperature levels to the El-Nino phenomena that had a recent impact on the air masses in the atmosphere.

According to Meteorology expert and consultant at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Essa Ramadan, El-Nino has affected the region significantly in the past, after heavy rains in 1997 and then the abnormal heat wave in 1998.

Apart from the 1913 Death Valley temperature, the record set at Mitribah, if validated, would tie wit the world’s highest known temperature that was recorded, at a Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley on June 30, 2013, and in Tirat Tsvi, Israel, on June 22, 1942.

According to reports, a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change in October had warned that due to climate change temperatures may become too hot for human survival by the end of the century.

Then in March, the National Academy of Sciences is said to have published a report that linked the worsening heat waves to the most easily connectable human-caused climate change.

Ramadan has reportedly said that high temperatures are expected to continue in the region until the end of August and are set to gradually decrease after September 6.

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