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Weather Talk: Most-humid weather not where you might expect

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Where is the most humid weather on Earth? Central Africa? Southeast Asia? The Amazon rain forest? All wrong.

The highest dew point temperatures measured are along the coastlines of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The excruciatingly hot summer temperatures over Saudi Arabia cause tremendous evaporation rates along the surrounding shallow waters, resulting in extremely high humidity in these coastal areas.

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Dew point readings around 90 degrees are not uncommon in summer. The highest dew point ever known to have been measured was 95 degrees at Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, on July 8, 2003. The air temperature at the time was 108 degrees, creating a heat index value of 176. 

The term, “muggy” is not strong enough for such conditions.  

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