Iraq swelters under baking sun

2016-07-23 12:12
People cool off from the summer heat by using an open air shower in Baghdad, Iraq. (Karim Kadim, AP)

People cool off from the summer heat by using an open air shower in Baghdad, Iraq. (Karim Kadim, AP)

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Baghdad - Iraq's state-run Meteorological Department says it has registered the record hottest day so far this year, with maximum temperatures hitting 53.9°C in the southern city of Basra.

Weather forecaster Nagham Mohammed expected temperatures on Saturday to hover around 49°C in Basra and to decline in the coming days. Mohammed added that temperatures in Baghdad are expected to reach 45°C.

Weather historian, Christopher C Burt, with the private Weather Underground, said Basra's temperature is the second hottest "ever reliably measured on Earth" following the 54°C registered in Kuwait the same day.

Temperatures on Wednesday soared to 51°C in Baghdad and as much as 53°C in Basra.

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