A rare hail storm hits Kuwait

A rare hail storm hits Kuwait

A man and children in Umm Al-Hayman after a hailstorm in Kuwait on December 27, 2022 – Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Such an episode is very rare in this country, which is particularly vulnerable to global warming.

A rare hailstorm in Kuwait, one of the hottest desert countries on the planet, cheered residents on Wednesday as scientists worried about it. Consequences of climate change In this rich Gulf country.

“We have not seen such a large amount of cold in the winter for 15 years,” former director of the Meteorological Department in Kuwait, Muhammad Karam, told AFP.

Hail fell on Wednesday but also on Tuesday in Umm al-Hayman, about 50 kilometers south of the capital bearing the same name as the country. Children put on warm clothes to catch the cold, while netizens flooded social media with photos and videos of roads partially covered in hail.

The weather services said up to 63 mm of rain fell in some areas, saying the weather was expected to improve from Wednesday.

The country is in danger of becoming unlivable

Muhammad Karam warns that hailstorms are “rare” in Kuwait, but they may increase in the coming years due to global climate change.

the Gulf countriesrich in oilsuffers from very high summer temperatures, and risks becoming uninhabitable at certain times of the year Global Warming, according to scientists. In 2016, the mercury there set a world record, at 54 degrees Celsius.

In parts of the country, temperatures could rise 4.5 degrees above historical averages between 2071 and 2100, according to the Environment Public Authority.

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Original article published on BFMTV.com

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