Saudi Arabia also has been hit by extremes of climate. Photo used for illustrative purpose.
Gulf Today Report
Heat waves are whiplashing several parts of the globe, all evidence of the ubiquitous global warming phenomenon. Recently a heat spike across northern Tunisia caused record temperatures, including a sweltering 49˚C in Tunis.
Now, Arafat, in the southeast of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, recorded an all-time high of 50˚C, amid hot and dry winds, according to a report.
In June this year, Kuwait recorded the highest temperature in the world for 2021, registering 53.2°C.
In the Mediterranean region, spiralling mercury levels have caused extensive forest fires in Greece, Turkey and Algeria.
Extreme heat waves that used to happen twice in 100 years are now likely to happen once in a decade due to global warming, while downpours and droughts have also become more frequent, a UN climate science report said recently.