Baghdad Among Other Middle East Cities Swelter Hottest Day On Record

Written by on August 1, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments

It’s brutal at the best of times across the Middle East during the summertime but the current heat wave is turning the blast furnace up to new levels.

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The Iraqi capital of Baghdad set a new all-time heat record last month by reaching 51.8C (125F) followed by 51.1C (124F). Both of these readings surpassed Baghdad’s previous record of 51.0C set in July 2015.

Baghdad sweltered three straight days with a temperature exceeding 50C (123F) which is likely a new record.

Amarah in southeast Iraq soared to 53.0C on the 30 July, 2020. This came close to not only Iraq’s all-time record of 53.8C set in July 2016 in Basra.

The record breaking heat was not just confined to Iraq. Climate records expert, Maximiliano Herrera tweeted that a high of 52.1C was reached at Kuwait International Airport which makes for it’s highest temperature on record.¬†Sulaibya recorded 53.1C which fell just short of the national and world record of 53.9C recorded in Mitribah in July 2016.

Also, a place 30 miles east of Beirut recorded a new national record for Lebanon of 45.4C (113.7F). The Syrian capital of Damascus also observed it’s hottest day on record with a high of 46.0C (114F).

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