Last week Gulf states and Bahrain experienced torrential rainfall resulting in widespread flooding throughout the region. Many businesses and private homes were flooded and some roads turned into rivers. 88 mm of rainfall have fallen since February 11th. “This is the second highest rainfall rate recorded in the Kingdom’s history, the first being 106.8 mm in 1988,” Director of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT)’s Meteorological Directorate at Civil Aviation Affairs Adel Daham said.
Bahrain has experience several record weather highs/lows in the last year.
1. 2nd highest rainfall ever recorded – February 2017
2. Lowest recorded temperature recorded in 20 years (7 degrees) –
3. Hottest July on record – highest temperature 47.4 c
In a study published by Nature Climate Change, published by Jeremy S Pal and Elfatih Eltahir both of the University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology predict that extreme temperatures could push the Gulf climate beyond human endurance “Our results expose a specific regional hotspot where climate change, in the absence of significant [carbon cuts], is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future.”
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