KUWAIT LIES ON the Arabian Gulf; its geography is made up of mostly flat desert on the mainland, and nine islands off the coast, some marshy and uninhabited. The climate of Kuwait can be extreme, with temperatures ranging from very cold to very hot, although the average annual temperature is 91 degrees F (33 degrees C). The highest temperature ever recorded was 126 degrees F (52 degrees C) in July 1978. The long, dry summer extends May through October, with August the hottest month, having an average temperature of 112 degrees F (44 degrees C). The winters are mild, with January the coolest month, with an average temperature of 45 degrees F (7 degrees C). Rain storms may occur, and the wind may cause ...

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