World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has made the announcement that two current temperature readings have been recorded among the hottest on Earth. WMO noted that Pakistan recorded the fourth highest temperature of 53.7°C on Earth. This temperature was recorded in Turbat, in southern Balochistan back on May 28th, 2017.
One of the hottest temperatures was recorded in the Middle East and the other one in South Asia. On July 21st, 2016, in the north west of Kuwait, the temperature hit 53.9°C, as per WMO. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Asia.
In a statement, WMO said, “The Mitribah, Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia.”
Adding, “The two observations are the third (tied within uncertainty limits) and fourth highest WMO-recognized temperature extremes. Both readings are also the highest temperatures recorded on the planet in the past 76 years.
Chief rapporteur of climate and weather extremes for the WMO Randall Cerveny said, “This investigation highlights the fact that we can now conduct extremely in-depth analysis of weather extremes.”
Adding, “Rigorous investigations such as this independent temperature sensor calibration give us much higher confidence in our existing climate records, and consequently provide a solid basis for examining records being broken around the world and for studies of attribution of extremes to climate change.”
The Weather Channel reported that the WMO archive of weather and climate extremes does include the highest and lowest temperatures in the world along with rainfalls, hailstone, longest dry period, maximum wind, etc.