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Temperatures in Kuwait soar above 52°C this weekend

As scientists anticipate July to rank among the hottest months worldwide this year, forecasts indicate Kuwait will face a severe weekend heat wave.

  • Kuwait will experience rising temperatures starting from Tuesday due to a high-pressure system from the seasonal Indian depression. Temperatures are expected to reach 48°C on Tuesday, 49°C on Wednesday, and peak at 52°C on Thursday and Friday.

  • Citizens and residents are advised to stay out of the sun as much as possible during the day and to drink sufficient amounts of water.

While scientists expect July this year to be one of the hottest months on record globally, forecasts show Kuwait will be hit by a severe heat wave over the weekend, with temperatures possibly exceeding 52 degrees Celsius, Al Rai newspaper reported.

Meteorologist Fahad Al-Otaibi explained in a statement to Al-Rai newspaper that Kuwait will be affected by a high-pressure system due to the extension of the seasonal Indian depression.

He noted that temperatures will begin to gradually rise starting from Tuesday, with an expected high of 48 degrees Celsius, reaching 49 degrees on Wednesday, and peaking at 52 degrees on Thursday and Friday.

Al-Otaibi advised citizens and residents to stay out of the sun as much as possible during the day and to drink sufficient amounts of water.

In turn, Abdulaziz Al-Qarawi, the Director of the Meteorology Department, predicted that the country would be affected by a severe heat wave over the weekend, with maximum temperatures expected to exceed 50 degrees Celsius in some areas.

In a statement to KUNA, Al-Qarawi said that the reason for this is due to the country being affected by a high-pressure system in the upper atmosphere, accompanied by an extension of the seasonal Indian low-pressure system on the surface of the earth, which supplies the region with an extremely hot air mass. This leads to a noticeable rise in temperatures, especially in desert areas.

According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded in the history of global temperature averages.

With temperatures continuing to rise, scientists fear that July 2024 will be one of the hottest months on record and may surpass July 2023 to take first place.

July is often the hottest month of the year in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere for several reasons. The first is the summer solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted most directly toward the sun, resulting in maximum exposure to sunlight.






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