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This City Just Broke a World Temperature Record

The city of Quriyat in Oman has recorded the highest "low" temperature in known history, CNN reports.

The Middle Eastern town registered a low temperature of 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, and remained that hot for nearly 51 hours, according to the report.

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"You have the scorching temps coming from the Arabian Peninsula and the warm, humid air from the Gulf of Oman," said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller, regarding the confluence of factors resulting in Oman’s extreme torridity.

"Where they meet, you get extreme heat index — what the air feels like when you combine the air temp with the humidity — and extremely high overnight lows because the air can't cool down much at night because of the humidity," he said.

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This trend doesn’t bode well for residents and tourists of the area.

“Warmer overnight lows can be even more deadly than the extreme daytime highs,” Miller explained,  “as it does not allow buildings and people to cool off at night."

Official world weather records are maintained by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), but they do not typically record hottest nighttime temperature, according to a report in USA Today.

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The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang said Quriyat’s record low is “one of many astonishing heat records that have been set recently … part and parcel of our warming planet where new, unprecedented heat milestones keep occurring."

The WMO cites the all-time hottest temperature recorded at 134 degrees, in Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913.

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