This Temperature From Pakistan Measured To Be Fourth Hottest Ever On Earth: WMO
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced two temperature readings to be hottest so far at this point in time. The announcement comes after a years-long investigation by WMO. While one occurred in the Middle East, the other one occurred in Pakistan.
High temperatures are often recorded in the Middle East but this day in Kuwait was far hotter even by Middle Eastern standards.
The mercury hit 129 degrees in Mitribah, Kuwait, on July 21, 2016, and 128.7 degrees in Turbat, Pakistan, on May 28, 2017.
In a statement by WMO, it stated that,
“The Mitribah, Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia”.
“The two observations are the third (tied within uncertainty limits) and fourth highest WMO-recognized temperature extremes.”
According to WMO, these temperatures are the highest ever recorded in 76 years.
Weather data has often been affected by repeated distortions in weather readings and comparisons across the planet. Meteorological experts often question the validity of weather readings in the past. It may be due to resource constraints back in the day.
NDTV recently asked Randall Cerveny regarding two temperatures posted previously from Death Valley California and Tunisia respectively which were claimed to be the hottest. However, WMO does not verify those.
“The WMO does not verify a record through its extreme evaluation process unless it is a new global, hemispheric or continental extreme record”.
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