Cities in the Middle East are affected by the highest temperatures ever. Many see temperatures above 50 ° C every day last week.
- Baghdad, Iraq, had its highest temperature this week at 51.7 ° C.
- Basra, also in Iraq, reached 53.4 ° C on Monday and Tuesday.
- In Damascus in Syria, records also fell, which were at 46.8 ° C on Wednesday
- A surveillance station in Houch al-Oumara in Lebanon recorded 45.4 ° C (113.72 ° F) on Tuesday. If this were confirmed, it would be a record for Lebanon.
Cities in the Middle East are experiencing heat waves with record temperatures in the regions.
Baghdad in Iraq, the worst affected country, had its highest and second highest temperatures this week, reaching 51.7 ° C on Tuesday and half a degree cooler on Wednesday.
The cities in the south have reached a glowing temperature of 50 ° C every day.
A monitoring station in Houch al-Oumara in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon recorded a temperature of 45.7 ° C (113.72 ° F) on Tuesday. If this were confirmed, it would be a record for the country that is already struggling with a national electricity shortage caused by a low fuel supply and an economic crisis.
In Damascus, Syria, records were also broken when temperatures reached 46.8 ° C on Wednesday.
BAGDAD, IRAQ: Men cool off under outdoor showers as temperatures rise to almost 52 ° C earlier this week
KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT: A man walks past the Al Qurain Martyrs Museum earlier this week when the glowing temperatures reached 54 ° C.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA: Temperatures reached 46 ° C on Wednesday when a heat wave hit the Middle East
BEIRUT, LIBANON: This was the scene where residents in parts of the country sunbathed this week in oppressive temperatures of up to 46 ° C
In Basra, the southern Iraqi port city on the Gulf, temperatures have reached 50 ° C or more every day in the past week, reaching 53 ° C on Monday and Tuesday.
It is because of the war and corruption that Iraqis lack affordable electricity and air conditioning, and have many difficulties keeping vital devices such as refrigerators with small, expensive auxiliary generators running.
The maximum temperatures reached 53 ° C (127.4 ° F) yesterday in Amarah in Iraq, which was just below the national record of 53.9 ° C (129 ° F).
Temperatures in Dubai have today reached a cooler, but still sultry, of 44 ° C, while the Al Jouf region of Saudi Arabia recorded 47.7 ° C earlier this week.
And temperatures in Kuwait reached a high of 51 ° C last Friday. And nearby, on the shores of the Persian Gulf, the combination of desert heat and golf moisture on Monday afternoon produced a heat index of over 56 ° C in the Kuwaiti city of Salmiyah.
The heat wave is expected to continue and move to Egypt by next week.
The excessive heat is caused by high pressure anchored over the Middle East and drifting west across the Red Sea towards Egypt. Under the "heat dome", the sinking air has warmed up to an extreme level and prevents the cloud cover and shadows from cooling down.
The extreme temperatures have warmed the air so much that it has expanded and the air columns are more than 280 feet higher than average on Tuesday.
A heat wave sets records in the Middle East, including Kuwait and Lebanon. The excessive heat is caused by high pressure anchored over the region and drifting west across the Red Sea to Egypt
A worker carries an ice block in a factory in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra during oppressive temperatures
An Iraqi street vendor is selling cold water bottles on a hot day in Al Khilani Square in central Baghdad earlier this week
In the meantime, NASA has said that June was the warmest ever measured and was the record of last year. Southern Iran and Iraq have the world's consistently highest temperatures.
The highest measured air temperature in the past half century was in Kuwait in 2016, where it reached 54 ° C. Officially, this would be the highest ever recorded without a 1913 reading in Death Valley, California, which is now considered false.
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