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It's been a hot, hot summer -- as if you needed me to tell you that. Dramatic heat-related stories grabbed headlines around the globe: The worst heat waves to hit Russia in a thousand years, the flooding in Pakistan, and 17 countries set or tied temperature records. Here's another interesting record that was set over the summer, one that's a little harder to fit into a sensational soundbite, but certainly noteworthy nonetheless: Pakistan also recorded what meteorologist wunderkind Dr. Jeff Masters calls "the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia."From Master's report at the Weather Underground:
Pakistan had its hottest temperature in history on May 26, when the mercury hit an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at the town of MohenjuDaro, according to the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3°F reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia.We'd already mentioned this in passing, but I wanted to make sure to highlight how remarkable this is -- that is absolutely, amazingly hot. And as Matt previously noted, "The world record temperature, without hyperbole a scorchingly hot 136°F was set in September 1922 at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya." In other words 128 degrees F ain't far off.
And yes, this is the same country that's been wracked by some of the worst flooding in recent memory -- some sources are calling it the worst natural disaster in years, with at least 1,600 believed dead and 12 million impacted.
Needless to say, it's been a brutal summer for Pakistan, a nation that's ill-equipped to deal with the worst impacts of worsening climate change. If current warming trends continue, expect matters to get much worse in the future.
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