Kuwait City, Karachi and the Iranian city of Ahvaz hottest Cities

July 23, 20151 Comment

SummerOn Thursday afternoon, the temperature in Kuwait City hit 50C. That’s very hot, but not any kind of record – the record for the city, set last summer, is over 52C. Between June and August, the average daily high is about 44C. During these searing-hot summer months, most Kuwaitis take refuge from the heat in air-conditioned offices and houses, leaving them only to drive to air-conditioned shopping malls in air-conditioned cars. In a city virtually devoid of shaded outdoor spaces, the mall is the only public space people go to walk around.

Sharifa Alshalfan, an architect based in Kuwait City, explains that Kuwaitis spend all of their time indoors. “It’s almost as if the outdoors doesn’t exist,” she says. “That’s the mindset of people here.”

It’s true that Kuwait City is one of the hottest cities in the world. On average, summer is hotter than in desert city Timbuktu, which sits on the edge of the Sahara. But it’s also wealthy – modern Kuwait City is built on oil money – which is why most Kuwaitis don’t really experience the heat; they can afford to avoid it. It’s generally only those on lower incomes, many of them immigrants from southeast Asia, that Alshalfan will see shading themselves under umbrellas on the street or riding public buses.

While Kuwaitis may be convinced that they’re living in the hottest city on the planet, there is at least one place that may be able to top it – if not for highest-ever temperature, then certainly for the impact of heat on its population. Iran’s Ahvaz, in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, sometimes exceeds 50C in July. Yet it’s not so much the heat as the pollution that makes life unbearable for Ahvaz’s 1.5 million residents.

Source : Guardian

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  1. Yaso Ehsan says:

    Thanks. For ur nice information. I want to no about Lahore khatay. In HAWALY.

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