Yesterday, a southern Pakistani city may have seen the hottest April day ever reliably recorded. Temperatures in Nawabshah soared Monday at 122.4 degrees, brought on by a "sprawling heat dome" over the northern Indian Ocean, writes Jason Samenow. Nawabshah's March high, 113.9 degrees, also set a monthly record for Pakistan.
It's unofficially an April world record (the World Meteorological Organization doesn’t officially review monthly temperature extremes). But global weather extremes expert Christopher Burt thinks it’s the highest temperature “yet reliably observed on Earth in modern records.” Its nearest competitor—Santa Rosa, Mexico’s 123.8 degrees in April 2001—is “of dubious reliability,” Burt says.