Record Temperature Measured in Iran: 129.2 Degrees

Mercury tips record 53.7 degrees on scorching day in Iran

A city in southwest Iran posted the country's hottest temperature ever recorded Thursday afternoon: 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Weather Underground observations.

Iran's previous hottest temperature was 127.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

The information came from Etienne Kapikian, a French meteorologist.

However, weather-tracking website The Weather Underground reported that Ahvaz got as hot as 129.2 degrees at both 4:51 and 5 pm local time. She referred to the temperature as a "new absolute record of reliable Iranian heat".

Christopher Burt, a weather historian for Weather Underground, has exhaustively analyzed world temperature extremes and determined the 129.2 degree readings posted in Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21, 2016, and Death Valley, Calif., on June 30, 2013, are the hottest credible temperature measurements that exist in modern records. The heat index, which also takes humidity into account, hit an incredible 142 degrees. In January, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed 2016 as the hottest year on record, marking the third consecutive year of record-high global temperatures.




Whether or not Ahvaz officially ties the record will remain to be seen following investigation by the World Metrological Organization.

Experts, including Weather Underground weather historian Christopher Burt, say that temperature can not be valid.

While those figures might sound nearly suffocating the city's 1.1m inhabitants would have actually felt even hotter as the heat index (which takes humidity into account) reached a whopping 142 degrees.

Fortunately, the weather forecast for Ahvaz on Friday is for "cooler" weather, with a high of only 119 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

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