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

Baghdad, Iraq.
Baghdad, Iraq.

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 

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