Concern as Iran swelters after one of the hottest days in history

Many people love the sun, and will go on holiday to find hot weather, but the temperature in Abadan in Iran on Monday would put off even the most ardent sun-seeker, clocking 52.2 C (126F).

That temperature is one of the hottest ever recorded and, given that blood boils at 212F, not a little scary.

Temperatures such as this are becoming more regular, and extreme heat events are being put down to climate change.

In Abadan, a staggering 126 F (52.2 C) was recorded by a weather reporting station. Credit: Alamy

Other parts of Iran experienced similar high temperatures on Monday of more than 50 C, according to AccuWeather. Neighbouring countries Kuwait and Iraq are also experiencing brutally hot conditions, thanks in part to a high pressure system sitting over the region.

Given that it isn’t yet summer in the region, there is the worry that temperatures could climb even higher in the coming months. This is bad news for many people – older people and babies are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat, and heatwaves are well known for being deadly. In such circumstances, the advice is to stay out of the heat, especially in the middle of the day, and keep hydrated at all times. Sunscreen is also a must as skin will burn in minutes.

The temperature recorded was one of the hottest since records began. Credit: Alamy

More worryingly, these temperatures aren’t been taken seriously enough, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accusing some government and business leaders of paying lip service to climate change but doing little about it. “The results will be catastrophic,” he warned.

If this is a sign of things to come, then some areas of the world could become uninhabitable. It seems efforts to bring CO2 production down are much needed – and global leaders have to do something about it.

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