Official climatic reports revealed that temperatures in Yanbu, western Saudi Arabia, reached 48oC, ranking third globally in the list of the highest temperature.
The founder and head of the Climate Nomenclature Committee, Dr Abdullah Al-Misnad, broke the news on Twitter.
Five hot spots
Al-Misnad explained that Madina is the seventh on the list with 46.4oC, and Wadi Al-Dawasir is the eleventh (46oC).
Five scorching heat spots range from Pakistan in the east to West Africa to score the world’s hottest places in the coming days.
During these months of the year, the heat is unbearable. The sun rises and sets at its northernmost point and coincides with the earliest time for Fajr prayer during the year.
The Al-Baarih wind raises dust, especially in eastern Saudi Arabia, and causes more Gulf waves.
Hot weather is expected during the day, moderate at night. Showers vary from light to heavy on the heights of Mecca, Al Baha, Asir, Jazan and the Sultanate of Oman, with wind activity from light to semi-strong over the eastern region, the Gulf, parts of Mecca, Madina, and western Riyadh.
Yesterday, the National Center of Meteorology warned of a hot weather wave in the Badr and Yanbu governorates in the Madina region, which began at 10am and continued until 6pm yesterday.
A partially cloudy sky interspersed with rainy thunder clouds accompanied by active winds on the heights (Jazan, Asir, Al Baha, Mecca), extending to Medina and Riyadh, according to the centre’s meteorological report for today.