Lonely Planet Writer

Middle East boils in unprecedented heatwave

An almost unprecedented heatwave hit countries across the Middle East this weekend, with Iran and Iraq the worst affected.

Baghdad, Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq. Image by michaelfranks6 / CC BY 2.0

Iranian city Bandar Mahshahr hit temperatures of 43°C, although because of the high humidity, residents experienced a punishing ‘feels-like’ heat of 73°C. Meanwhile, a mandatory four-day holiday was announced in Iraq, where temperatures reached 52°C in ira. Meteorologists described the weather as ‘incredible. Read more: time.com and independent.co.uk