LAS VEGAS (AP) — Soldiers who call the Las Vegas desert home have endured a historic heat wave while serving in Kuwait.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the temperature reached at least 129 degrees in Mitribah, Kuwait, on July 21.
A review will determine if the day got as hot as 129.2 degrees, a tie for the world’s third-highest recorded temperature.
Nevada’s 17th Sustainment Brigade stations soldiers in Kuwait to deliver supplies to American troops in Iraq, Jordan and Qatar.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gregory Backus of Sparks compared the humid heat to getting slapped in the face with a steamy rag.
The world heat record was set at 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, about 115 miles from Las Vegas in Death Valley, California.
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