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News and Comments:
Searing 164-Degree Temps In Iran
As 'Heat Dome' Traps Middle East
Published August 03, 2015 |
The Middle East is trapped under
a brutal "heat dome" that has brought
apocalyptic weather and a heat
index that makes it feel like 164 degrees in
one Iranian city.
For more than a week, Iran and
Iraq have endured scorching temperatures,
prompting Baghdad to declare
a four-day "heat holiday" and leaving the
Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr
dangerously close to breaking the all-time
record with a heat index of
164 degrees on Friday.
"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 told the New York Post.
The heat index, which takes into
account actual temperature as well as
humidity, is often referred
to as the "feels-like" or "real feel"
temperature. The index for Bandar
Mahshahr, a city of 100,000 people in the
Khuzestan Province of southwestern
Iran, fell mercifully shy of the record
high from July 8, 2003, when
the heat index was recorded at 178 degrees in
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
In Iraq, temperatures exceed
120 degrees for the eighth straight day, which
led to the mandated holiday.
The hellish weather is likely
due to what is known as a "heat dome," a type
of high-pressure ridge that
develops in the upper atmosphere, causing air
below it to sink while sending
the mercury soaring.
The current heat wave is just
the latest hot weather event that has broiled
In June, Pakistan was in the
clutches of its own heat wave, which left more
than 600 dead in a span of just
three days, with most deaths coming in the
city of Karachi.
Temperatures had reached 113
degrees leaving hours-long power outages in the
city, leaving fans and air conditioners
inoperable and causing many to
Earlier in the year, India suffered
a massive five-week heat wave from
mid-April to the end of May
which left 230 people dead.
Iran and Iraq are not likely
to see much relief this week as the heat dome
hangs over the region.
"Believe it or not, it is always
very humid in these places surrounding the
Persian Gulf during the summer,
but the nature of the extreme heat wave is
causing some of the highest
combinations of heat and humidity ever
observed," Sagliani said, according
to Accuweather.com. "Right now, it
appears as though the ridge
of high pressure will remain in place across the
Middle East through at least
the next week, so more oppressive heat and
humidity, and more astounding
apparent temperatures, are likely through the
next several days."
Self-trust is the first secret
of success." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
essayist, lecturer and poet
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