Pakistan sees ‘hottest April day ever on Earth’

© Reuters A boy jumps into water in Karachi, Pakistan, amid soaring temperatures

May 5, 2018

The hottest April temperature ever witnessed on Earth may have been recorded in Pakistan after meteorologists saw the weather reach a scorching 50.2C (122.4F). 

The 1.1 million people who live in the southern district of Nawabshah observed the blistering heat on Monday, with some meteorologists calling it a record.

On Twitter, Etienne Kapikian of Meteo France, said it was the hottest April temperature ever recorded in Pakistan and the entire continent of Asia.

Weather expert Christopher Burt told the Washington Post it was probably also the highest April temperature “reliably observed on Earth in modern records”.

He dismissed a previous record of 51C (123.8F) set in Santa Rosa, Mexico in April 2001 as having “dubious reliability”.

The World Meteorological Organisation does not publish monthly reviews of extreme temperatures around the world but it did confirm Nawabshah had recorded its highest April temperature.

© Reuters A man cools off near a leaking water pipe

“In late April, the heat extended over a much larger area and peaked on 29 and 30 April when many records were set over large parts of Sindh Province,” an article on its website read.

“The last day of April happened to be the hottest day on record when PMD (Pakistan Meteorological Department) site Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) recorded its April ever recorded highest temperature of 50.2C.”

It is the second month the region has set a new monthly temperature record after the heat soared to a national record of 45.5C (113.9F) in March.


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