Think it’s hot in North America right now? Well, you need to shut-up and stop complaining, because parts of the Middle East are getting absolutely scorched right now. Yesterday, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait soared to a blistering 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). That’s a record for our planet’s Eastern hemisphere.As Weather Underground meteorologists Jeff Masters and Christopher C. Burt noted, if confirmed, that would be Earth’s hottest temperature ever recorded outside of Death Valley, California. This record will likely be verified given that this temperature was recorded not once but twice. Earlier today, Basra, Iraq recorded the exact same temperature, 129.2 degrees F (54 degrees C).
The official world record high temperature is 134.1 degrees F (56.7 degrees C ), which occurred on July 10, 1913, in Furnace Creek Ranch, California, in Death Valley. This is a hotly contested measurement, and it’s probably not a valid reading. According to Burt, a more plausible record for Death Valley is a June 30, 2013 reading of 129.2 degrees F (54 degrees C), which interestingly enough is the same temperature recorded just yesterday.Read More: Gizmodo