Iran, Middle East, ‘basking’ in center-of-the-sun heat

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Pity the average Iranian: Not only are they citizens of a nation where significant conservative and religious elements play a leading role in governance; double-digit inflation has eroded savings; and women have seen their place in society significantly diminished over the past 40 years, Iranians are living in what, at present, is about as close to hell-like conditions as exist on Earth.

Temperatures in the Middle Eastern nation have soared to nearly 160 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to a recent heat wave.

In Iran’s city of Bandar Mahshahr the heat index last week was among the highest ever recorded, at 163 degrees.

A group of astonished weather experts believe the country could be enduring some of the hottest urban temperatures ever endured by mankind, according to The Telegraph.

“That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,” AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani said in a statement.

The heat index in Bandar Mahshahr were just a few degrees lower than the highest-ever recorded heat index, which was 178 Fahrenheit, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in July 2003.

The heat forced officials in nearby Iraq to call a four-day public holiday because it was too hot to work, the result of a “heat dome” that is leaving the Middle East sweltering.

“A strong ridge of high pressure has persisted over the Middle East through much of July, resulting in the extreme heat wave in what many would consider one of the hottest places in the world,” Sagliani said.

The dome is a type of high pressure ridge and has exacerbated electricity and water supply issues, adding to the miserable conditions, according to The Telegraph.

By comparison, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States is a relatively balmy 134 degrees Fahrenheit, in Death Valley, Calif., on July 10, 1913. No word on what the heat index was on that day more than a century ago.

(Top: Graphic showing temperatures in the Middle East late last week.)

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16 thoughts on “Iran, Middle East, ‘basking’ in center-of-the-sun heat

  1. Wonder if the party who sent plagues to ancient Egypt might be a little upset with something or someone in this region. I know, don’t interject religion even though autocratic religious beliefs prevails in the governing in this region. If it the result of global warming instead, this is one of the largest oil producing region in the world, and perhaps the resulting carbon monoxide is causing a hotter enviroment?

    • Thanks for the link. If the fossil fuel extraction in the Middle East were directly tied to increased temperatures in the Middle East it would be sadly ironic for most of the inhabitants of that region, who share in very little of the wealth generated by the oil that comes from that area.

      • How can you be certain the Bible Stories are myths? Since you really cannot prove the stories are myths and I cannot prove that God is our Creator, perhaps we should both agree our beliefs relate to faith.

        You have faith there is no God, and I have faith there is. Since we are both going to have wait until we die to find out for sure, we really have nothing to gain by trying to debate something either one of us can prove.

        I hope for your sake though, because you might be offending God with your statements, that if there is a God you must face, He is Jesus from the New Testament of the Bible. He appears to be more merciful than the God in the Old Testament who appears to me to be depicted as an angry God.

        Then again, perhaps if you study the Old Testament you would see how and why the Bible writers believed he was an angry God. I kind of believe He sent Jesus to try to help out with the misunderstandings between the Old Testament and the New Testament, or good news.

        Of course I can’t prove that either, but that is a personal matter of my faith.

        Regards and goodwill blogging.

      • I’m not sure where you got the idea that I have no faith that God exists. I actually have a great deal of faith in God. I believe that one need not take each and every aspect of the bible literally to believe in God.

        Also, I’m curious as to which of my statements “might be offending God.”

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