DISCUSSION: As an impressively strong ridge of high pressure continues to dominate across much of the Middle East over the last week or so, there have been incredibly high temperatures recorded across the region (particularly over the past few days). More specifically, just yesterday afternoon (local time), in Central Kuwait there was an unbelievably near-record to potentially record high temperature observed in and around Kuwait City. Although there is some suspicion that the highest recorded temperature on-record is a high temperature of 134.0 F in Death Valley, California, this is not believed to be sufficiently accurate based on much discussion over the past few years. Having said that, this is still certainly a high temperature which absolutely still is a contender for being close to reaching (if not potentially surpassing) the all-time record high temperature anywhere in the world. It is worth noting that this excessively hot high temperature recently observed in certain parts of Kuwait was a result of nearly-perfect deep-layer adiabatic compressional warming (i.e., the sinking of an air parcel from approximately 1.5 to 2 miles above the ground towards the surface without the air parcel undergoing any measurable energy exchange with the surrounding environment). To learn more about other high-impact weather events from across Asia, be sure to click here!