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54C Recorded In Kuwait Likely Hottest On Record In Asia (foxnews.com) 355

An anonymous reader writes from an Associated Press report: The UN weather agency said it suspects that the 54C temperature recorded in Kuwait has set a record for the eastern hemisphere. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said Tuesday it is setting up a committee to look into whether the temperature recorded last Thursday in Mitrabah, Kuwait, was a new high for the eastern hemisphere and in Asia. WMO's Omar Baddour said it is "likely" to be an eastern hemisphere record. Last week, swathes of the Middle East and North Africa and were hit by heatwaves that have become more frequent over the last half-century, and Earth is fresh off the hottest six months on record. WMO says the world record high of 56.7C was recorded at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, in 1913. In the UAE, highs of 49C are expected inland on Wednesday. Last year, the mercury rose above 50C in Sweiham, near Al Ain.An article on Citylab, citing NOAA's latest analysis notes that it was the warmest June in the modern history and also the 14th consecutive month of unprecedented hotness.
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54C Recorded In Kuwait Likely Hottest On Record In Asia

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  • by Phasedshift ( 415064 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @09:42AM (#52581657)

    That's 129.2F if you're interested.

    • by judoguy ( 534886 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @09:45AM (#52581675) Homepage
      But it's dry heat.
      • Still deadly, you just die a different way.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          A dry 129.2F isn't a problem if you have water. Our biology is built with cooling systems that work very well in this scenario.

          • by coinreturn ( 617535 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @10:09AM (#52581835)

            A dry 129.2F isn't a problem if you have water. Our biology is built with cooling systems that work very well in this scenario.

            The only cooling system I want at that temperature is air-conditioning!

          • by saloomy ( 2817221 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @10:16AM (#52581909)
            It depends on the wind. No, seriously. I'm from Kuwait and grew up there through high school. If the wind comes in from the west to east, the air coming from KSA or Iraq is dry. If it blows east to west, it can be very humid. I can also tell you that Kuwait has some of the most capable infrastructure to deal with that kind of weather. Your parking structures in most malls are air conditioned, and they have malls that are converted city streets with glass and construction fabric making them indoor so they can be air conditioned. People also acclimate pretty well over there. When I return for a visit from SoCal, it's incredible how much better some of my cousins can handle the heat better than I can. That wasn't the case when I lived there. I remember reading about it taking a few weeks for your blood to become thinner and more capillaries to grow in your skin which helps you cool off.
            • by xevioso ( 598654 )

              It's still pretty fucking hot though.

            • it's incredible how much better some of my cousins can handle the heat better than I can. That wasn't the case when I lived there. I remember reading about it taking a few weeks for your blood to become thinner and more capillaries to grow in your skin which helps you cool off.

              I am so very glad to hear that the people over there have the infrastructure and acclimation to handle it so well. They won't mind then if I crank up the thermostat another 10 degrees Fahrenheit, because it can get a little chilly


          • Except of course if you happen to be very young and unable to regulate your body temperature as efficiently as a fit adult...

            Oh and if you're very old...because same....and if you're pregnant..and well I think it's obvious such heat is dangerous.
      • We can always sprinkle a bit of water on you if you want.
      • I have heard that joke since Hudson said it in "Aliens" in 1986, but I never understood why it was funny, or why Apone got so bent out of shape when Hudson said it.
        • Because water was practically pouring on them as he said it. Steamy, humid heat feels hotter than low humidity heat.

      • by Headrick ( 25371 )

        Shut up, Hudson!

      • by lbmouse ( 473316 )
        So is a flame torch.
      • Any heat is dry once it causes your blood to boil off.

      • But it's dry heat.

        Knock it off, Hudson!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Meanwhile, conservative America still has its head up its ass insisting that climate change is a liberal conspiracy and evolution the thing of the devil.

      Now there's something Saudi Arabia and the US have in common. Love for oil, religious nutjobs and ignorance towards scientific evidence.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Just because the "liberal" party in the US stumbled in to the scientific position on many issues, that doesn't mean it isn't ready to drop the emotion bomb when science doesn't back them up. It is great to have science back you up on your political positions but don't use it as some sort of righteous defense for your political affiliation unless you will break with the party when they are clearly in the wrong.
      • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

        Meanwhile, conservative America still has its head up its ass insisting that climate change is a liberal conspiracy and evolution the thing of the devil.

        Not here to refute climate change, just to point out that this particular data point doesn't necessarily support it. The fact that the record in the western hemisphere was set in 1913 and has yet to be exceeded suggests that record temperatures are just, you know, kinda rare.


    • Reported on 129.2FM? All I get is static -why is that modded Informative?!
    • That's 129.2F if you're interested.

      Or 327.15 K if you care.

  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @09:56AM (#52581749)
    The land surrounding the Persian Gulf will be uninhabitable by mid-century. The daily heat will be too hot for everyone's grandmother and camel.

  • They have burkinis.
  • And tomorrow we will see a news release from the North Korean government stating that the highest temperature ever recorded in Asia was during Dear Leader's birth, and the coldest ever recorded was at his death. Which also means they can add solving global warming to the list of his many accomplishments.
  • by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Tuesday July 26, 2016 @01:13PM (#52583461) Journal

    ...in this case "weather" IS climate?

    I'm never sure when it is, or when it isn't.

    Because I don't recall it getting a lot of play when:
    14 June 2016 -- In Vostok, temperature of -80.3 degrees was recorded.Coldest since observations began.
    (http://iceagenow.info/record-cold-antarctica/)

    Curious, isn't it?

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