It’s Really, Really Hot in Iran

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Thanks to a brutal “heat dome” effect now blanketing the Middle East, the southern Iranian city of Bandar-e Mahshahr suffered through a heat index of 165 degrees today. That “feels like” temperature, the combination of a 115-degree actual temperature plus a 90-degree dew point temperature (humidity level), is the second highest heat index the Washington Post has ever seen reported (the highest was 178 degrees in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in July of 2003). The regional heat wave has also led to a record high of 124 degrees in Baghdad on Thursday, which forced the Iraqi government to institute a mandatory four-day holiday for its citizens.