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 an unusual 50 ° C every day.
Iraqi men cool off with outdoor showers in Baghdad as the temperatures rise to almost 52 ° C.
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.
In Basra, the southern port city of Iraq on the Gulf, temperatures have reached 50 ° C or more every day in the past week, reaching 53 ° C on Monday and Tuesday.
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.
The temperatures in Basra, where a man with an ice block is pictured, also broke records on Monday and Tuesday, reaching 53 ° C
In Damascus, Syria, records broke when temperatures reached 46 ° C on Wednesday.
A surveillance station in Houch al-Oumara in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon recorded a temperature of 45.4 ° C on Tuesday. This would be a record for Lebanon, which is facing a national electricity shortage caused by low fuel supply and an economic crisis .
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