According to Weather Underground, the temperature actually reached 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit; and the heat index reached 142.1 degrees Fahrenheit at 4:51 in the afternoon local time. Although the humidity in the air was only 17 percent, the dew point was an uncomfortable 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Other sources claim that the actual high temperature was 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
The record not only shattered the previous record of 127.4 degrees Fahrenheit for the country of Iran; but 129 degrees was also the hottest temperature ever recorded in the continent of Asia in the month of June — and it was also one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded and officially confirmed in the world.
The historical average high temperature in Ahvaz is typically a balmy 113 degrees Fahrenheit; but the good news is that the low temperature was 85 degrees Fahrenheit — which is exactly average.
Ahvaz — to which I have never been — is located approximately 370 miles across the northern Persian Gulf from Bahrain, which I visited a couple of years ago. The air felt oppressively hot in Bahrain when I was there — probably because of the humidity.
The Heat is On
The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley in California on Thursday, July 10, 1913 — but that record is disputed, as some meteorologists believe that the hottest temperature ever recorded was 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit in both Death Valley on Thursday, June 20, 2013 and Mitribah in Kuwait on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
The western United States endured its own heat wave last month. As one of many examples, Needles in California experienced a high temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, which tied an all-time record. The record would have been officially shattered had a reading of 126 degrees Fahrenheit lasted for longer than five minutes.
I decided to break the consecutive wave of articles related to Canada in honor of the celebration of 150 years since Canada became a confederation on Monday, July 1, 1867 with this article. No sweat.