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Sun 24 Jul 2016 02:43 PM

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Kuwait swelters under record 54c heatwave

Remote site sees “hottest day ever recorded” on Thursday as power outages hit local infrastructure

Kuwait swelters under record 54c heatwave
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A remote area of Kuwait has recorded a temperature of 54 degrees Celsius on Thursday, as a heat wave hit swathes of the north-western part of the Arabian Peninsula.

The temperature in Mitribah matches that witnessed in California’s Death Valley in 2013, making it the hottest day ever recorded.

According to a local meteorologist quoted by state news agency KUNA, the heatwave has been likely caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Essa Ramadan, a consultant at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), told KUNA that El Nino had also been behind a similar heatwave in 1998, where a weather station at Kuwait International Airport recorded a temperature of 51.4 degrees.

He said that the temperature is expected to fall below 50 degrees this week, although the hot weather would continue until the end of August, the Kuwait Times reported.

The southern Iraqi city of Basra also recorded a temperature of 53.9 degrees on Thursday.

The hot weather has seen unprecedented demand on Kuwait’s electricity infrastructure, with several power outages reported last week.

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