After 51 hour heat streak, village sets new world record
Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 11:27 - The small fishing village of Quriyat located in Oman's northeast coast has just set a new world temperature record. Last week the temperature remained above 108.7oF (42.6oC) for 51 straight hours, making it the highest low temperature observed on Earth's surface.
Despite being in a desert environment, Quriyat's is also a very humid place as the water temperatures off the sea of Oman are usually very warm this time of year, with values reaching 93oF (34oC). So imagine a night in Quriyat with such high temperatures and such a humid environment. Unbearable!(SEE ALSO: Atmospheric rivers are only going to get BIGGER)
The same day the record was established (June 26), the temperature high was 121.6oF (49.8oC) falling just 2oF (1.1oC) short of the all-time record of 123.4oF (50.8oC).
Sea Surface Temperature values for Oman Sea off coast of Quriyat
CAUSE OF THE THE EXTREME HEAT
This very hot weather episode in Quriyat and other areas of the region has been caused by a strong upper-level ridge located over the Arabian Peninsula since the beginning of last week. The subsiding air, together with the high humidity, helps keep the city warm at night as much of the outgoing longwave radiation is trapped in the lower atmosphere.
Oman has now been in the weather news headlines two times in the past three months.
Tropical cyclone Mekunu (c/o NASA)
During the month of May Tropical Cyclone Mekunu affected the southwest coast of the country and made landfall near the city of Salalah. This was the strongest tropical cyclone to impact the Arabian Peninsula since records are taken.