Kuwait City Becomes One of the Hottest in the World as it Hits 122°F (50°C)

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Temperatures in Kuwait City reached more than 50 degrees Celsius (122F) on Sunday, making it one of the hottest cities in the world.

Restaurants and markets were closed and streets were empty during working hours in the searing conditions.

Mansour Al-Otaibi, a construction company owner, said his laborers were not working during the day hours as they were not able to hold “metals or tools” in the midday heat.

Posts on social media said the temperature read using digital thermometers in the shade indicated 53 degrees Celsius while in the sunshine it exceeded 70 degrees Celsius (158F).

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