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Over the summer, Morocco has experienced several heatwaves and the country has now hit new record highs when it comes to temperatures.

The coastal city of Agadir hit 50.4C on Friday, according to the General Directorate of Meteorology.

This new high broke the previous record of 49.9C recorded in the city of Smara on 13 July.

According to a statement released by the General Directorate of Meteorology, the monthly average has already been passed.

“This heatwave is due to the influx of dry and hot air from the south, causing a significant rise in temperatures, surpassing the monthly average by five to 13 degrees.”

This heatwave has surprisingly not resulted in casualties, so far. It has caused wildfires in northern Morocco near Tangier and also further east in Taza province where forests were damaged.

France24 reports that July has been the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. It surpassed the previous record in July 2019 by 0.33C.

Image credit: The New Arab

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