A heatwave across the Middle East is setting heat index records with temperatures of 46.1°C (115°F) combined with 90% humidity creating an incredible ‘apparent temperature’ of 73°C (163°F) at Bandar Mahshahr in Iran.
Although this region is accustomed to high summer temperatures, the current unprecedented heat effect is caused by a strong ridge of high pressure over the Middle East. Rapidly heating and rising air over the Persian Gulf then pulls in onshore winds from the Gulf. With water temperatures in the Persian Gulf also higher than normal, the resultant hot, moist air is creating some of the highest combinations of heat and humidity ever observed on earth.
The current Middle East weather pattern is predicted to continue for at least another week.