62 de­grees centi­grade tem­per­a­ture un­true, fake news

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ben Gar­cia

“Do not be­lieve in fake news,” warned me­te­o­rol­o­gist Adel Al-Saadoun, head of the Fin­tas Weather Ob­ser­va­tory, as he de­bunked so­cial me­dia re­ports that tem­per­a­tures in Kuwait reached 62 de­grees. “It is fake news - not true,” Saadoun told Kuwait Times. “Kuwait has only recorded tem­per­a­tures of a max­i­mum of 52 de­grees centi­grade. Never in his­tory has the tem­per­a­ture in Kuwait reached 62. As we speak now, the tem­per­a­ture is 49 de­grees Cel­sius (at 2 pm yesterday), but peo­ple have been post­ing images of 54, 56 de­grees - the tem­per­a­ture in­side the car is higher, but not as per our weather mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.”

Saadoun said the mer­cury will con­tinue to rise in the next few days till the end of July, but by the begin­ning of Au­gust, the heat will start sub­sid­ing. “This has been the usual weather in Kuwait. This pe­riod is called the sum­mer sol­stice. This is the pe­riod when the sun is right next to us up there, and we ex­pect such weather in July,” he said.

In or­der to cope with the tem­per­a­ture in Kuwait, peo­ple are ad­vised to stay in­doors as much as pos­si­ble, or if walk­ing un­der the sun, ap­ply sun­screen or use an um­brella. “This kind of weather can cause heat stroke to peo­ple walk­ing in the sun. Peo­ple eas­ily get de­hy­drated, so I strongly ad­vise pub­lic to carry wa­ter or other liq­uids to re­place the loss of wa­ter caused by the heat. If you have a car, don ot drive with­out air-con­di­tion­ing, as it can also be dan­ger­ous to health,” Saadoun said.

He also ap­pealed to ne­ti­zens to avoid shar­ing fake sto­ries that could psy­cho­log­i­cally af­fect peo­ple. “Wait for the weather ex­pert to say some­thing about the weather - do not post fake sto­ries on so­cial me­dia,” he ad­vised.

A photo cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia and Pho­to­shopped to show the tem­per­a­ture ap­pear as if it was 62 C de­grees.

Adel Al-Saadoun

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