Hold onto your sunhats…

If you think things have been getting seriously sticky in Dubai recently, spare a thought for the residents of Quriyat, Oman.

On Tuesday the coastal city experienced the highest minimum temperature ever recorded on Earth, Weather Underground reports.

Just how hot was it? Well, over 24 hours, the mercury never once dropped below 42.6 degrees Celsius. Ick.

The maximum temperature peaked at 49.8 degrees, which was one degree cooler than Oman’s all-time heat record of 50.8 degrees.


Funny enough, the previous record for highest minimum temperature was also set by Oman – the last time it came close to being this consistently hot was on June 27, 2011, when nearby Khassab Airport experienced a not-so-low of 41.9 degrees.

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Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said the hot weather has been caused by a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure that settled in over the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday.

Quriyat’s location on the coast of the Gulf of Oman meant that humid marine air prevented the city from cooling off at night.

What about here in the UAE? June 21 was the longest day of the year, which officially signaled the start of summer.

According to data collected by the National Centre of Meteorology from 2003 to 2017, Dubai’s average maximum temperature for June is 39.7 degrees, while the average minimum temperature is 27.5 degrees.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UAE was 52.1 degrees in July 2002.

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