Dangerous Heat Is Expected To Scorch Middle East During Weekend
Category: Kuwait

A powerful area of high pressure centered from Iraq into the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf will result in historic heat building over the region through Friday.

Temperatures have risen across the region each day this week and are expected to peak on Thursday and Friday.

The highest likelihood for all-time record high temperatures on either day is from Iraq and southwestern Iran into Kuwait and northeastern Saudi Arabia.

Many current all-time records in these areas are between 51 and 53 C (124 and 127 F) and similar or slightly higher temperatures are possible Thursday and Friday.

The temperature soared to 52.4 C (126.3 F) in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on Wednesday, only 0.6 C (1.1 F) from the all-time record.

Even if all-time records are not set, dangerous heat is expected in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Basrah, Iraq and Ahvaz, Iran.

Anyone that must go outdoors should limit their time in the heat and avoid lengthy periods in the sunshine.

Staying hydrated is a must in these extreme conditions to limit the threat for heatstroke or heat exhaustion.

The area of high pressure producing this record-challenging heat will weaken over the weekend and early next week ending the threat for records to fall.

Dangerous heat will continue, however, with temperatures several degrees above normal throughout the region.


21 Jul, 2016 0 1735
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