Iran is known for its soaring temperatures. Even though they typically average anywhere from 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in July, reaching 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit in June was a whole new level. Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist at MeteoFrance reported that Ahvaz, Iran had a temperature reading of 53.7 degrees Celsius or 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit on June 29, 2017.
Kapikian posted a tweet that said the level of heat was a “new absolute national record of reliable Iranian heat.” Iran’s previous hottest temperature was 127.4 degrees Fahrenheit. He also stated that this was the hottest temperature ever recorded across mainland Asia in the month of June.
According to Weather Underground, Ahvaz saw an even higher temperature than Kapikian’s reading that day. By 4:51 p.m local time, the temperature in Ahvaz climbed to a whopping 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index at 142.1 degrees. Luckily, Ahvaz saw much “cooler” temperatures the next day ranging from 93 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang blog pointed out that if further investigation proves that the 129.2-degree reading is verified then it would tie the all-time heat record for anywhere ever reliably measured on Earth. Currently, the hottest temperature recorded was in Death Valley, CA on July 10, 1913, at 134 degrees Fahrenheit but this is contested by experts, thus Ahvaz could beat it out.
Ahvaz’s temperature will need to be verified by a U.N agency known as the World Meteorological Organization. They will determine if the thermometer used was reliable. If it was, they will validate the all-time Iranian record as well as the mainland Asia record.
As it stands, the effects of global warming have elevated the odds of extreme temperatures in many parts of the world. A study published in 2015 found if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed in the next few decades then parts of the Middle East will become too hot for the human body to tolerate.
Given that Ahvaz reached 129.2 degrees, we can definitely see the effects of this already.