|Photo by Yuval Y.|
By Siam Goorwich
People may be moaning about the disappointing summer here in the UK, but spare a thought for the residents of Bandar Mahshahr, in south-west Iran, where temperatures hit a totally unbearable 165F (74C) on the heat index (or ‘feel-like’ temperature) yesterday.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Iraq – where temperatures in the capital, Baghdad, hit 126F (52C) this week – authorities declared a mandatory four-day holiday and urged people to stay inside and drink lots of water.
The almost record-breaking heat index measurements (the highest ever recorded was 178F (81C) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 2003) is all due to a high pressure ridge, or ‘heat dome’, which has been over the Middle East since July.