Hottest weather ever recorded in Kuwait and Iraq

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Saturday 23 July 2016
An Iraqi man shows a thermometer reading more than fifty degrees Celsius on July 30, 2015 in the capital Baghdad. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iraqi man shows a thermometer reading more than fifty degrees Celsius on July 30, 2015 in the capital Baghdad. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Temperatures in Kuwait reached 54C this week, making Thursday the hottest day EVER recorded.

The blistering temperature was recorded in Mitribah, Kuwait, on Thursday.

And yesterday, Iraq was nearly as hot, as the mercury soared to 53.9C (129.0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Weather forecaster Nagham Mohammed expected temperatures Saturday to hover around 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 Fahrenheit) in Basra and to decline in the coming days. Mohammed added that temperatures in Baghdad are expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

And weather historian, Christopher C. Burt said the temperatures made them the hottest “ever reliably measured on Earth”.

On Wednesday, temperatures soared up to 51C (123.8 Fahrenheit) in Baghdad and as much as 53C (127.4 Fahrenheit) in Basra.

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