Climate Emergency: Pakistan records fourth highest temperature in the world

Painting a horrifying picture of climatic challenges, Pakistan records fourth highest temperature in the world and one of the highest ever in Asia.

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  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that two recent readings can be called the highest temperature in the world.
  • One of these marks came from the Middle East, the other from South Asia.
  • WMO confirmed that the fourth highest temperature (53.7°C) was noted in Turbat, in southern Balochistan.
  • The second highest was observed in the west of Kuwait.

Following an extensive and thorough investigation, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that two recent temperature readings can be called as highest temperature scores on Earth. These two readings came from Pakistan and the Middle-east.

According to the WMO the Mitrabah observation, the first temperate mark came from north west of Kuwait. Kuwait saw temperatures hit 53.9°C on July 21, 2016, which is also the highest-ever recorded in Asia. WMO further confirmed that the fourth highest temperature (53.7°C) was noted in Turbat, in southern Balochistan, Pakistan, on May 28, 2017.

Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever:

The Weather Channel reported that Kuwait’s temperate is now accepted as the highest ever in Asia and among the highest temperature recorded in the world as well.

“The Mitribah, Kuwait temperature is now accepted by the WMO as the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia,” – the organization wrote in a statement. 

“Both readings are also the highest temperatures recorded on the planet in the past 76 years”, it added. 

Highest ever in the past 76 years:

Randall Cerveny, chief rapporteur of climate and weather extremes for the WMO said that the recent development is important because it will open new avenues of research on weather extremity in the world.

“This investigation highlights the fact that we can now conduct extremely in-depth analysis of weather extremes,” he said.

“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,” he added.

Pakistan being among the countries having the highest temperature in recent years shows we need to undertake serious measures in this regard and raise mass awareness. It must be noticed that with fluctuations in climatic patterns overall, Karachi also witnesses a deadly heatwave but the provincial government has failed to run any awareness drive or mass plantation campaign.

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