It is just 4 degrees shy of the all-time recorded high
While we here in Ireland have had quite a week of it in terms of high temperatures, we don't hold a candle to whats currently going down (or, more accurately, going up up UP) in the Middle East.
On Thursday and Friday, with a strong area of high pressure peaked across the Middle East, with high temperatures soaring above 125 degrees Fahrenheit, or 51.6 degrees Celsius, in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and western Iran.
Meanwhile, the town of Mitribah, Kuwait, the high temperature rocketed to a record-setting 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
This is the highest recorded temperature in the Eastern hemisphere.
ORMM 211200Z 34012KT 9999 FEW040 SCT100 53/00 Q0997 NOSIG— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) July 21, 2016
Basrah, Iraq 53°C (127°F) at 12z Thursday pic.twitter.com/nF0bgKMOHW
This is within reach of the global record set in Death Valley, California, which reached as high as 134.1 degrees Fahrenheit, or 56.7 degrees Celsius, and was set on July 10, 1913.