Middle Eastern cities record highest temperatures in the world in one day

Middle Eastern cities record highest temperatures in the world in one day
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19 June, 2022
Scorching heatwaves have been recorded in Europe and the Middle East, were cities in three Gulf countries recorded temperatures among the highest in the world.
The marshes of southern Iraq and the city of Amarah recorded temperatures above 50 degrees on June 18. [ASAAD NIAZI/AFP via Getty]

Several countries in the Gulf and  Iran recorded the highest temperatures in the world on Saturday, as a new heat wave rolled over the Middle East and Europe.

Cities in Iraq, Kuwait and Oman topped the list of hottest cities across the world on 18 June, registering temperatures ranging between 49 and 50.4 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature, 50.4 degrees Celsius, was recorded in the city of Amarah in the Iraqi marshes, followed by several cities in Iran.

Europe has also been paralysed for days by an exceptional heatwave that "made history", climate experts say. Temperatures were above 40 degrees in certain locations, far beyond June averages. 

The scorching heat sparked devastating fires in Spain, where firemen have been battling dozens of simultaneous wildfires in the Catalunya region for five consecutive days.

Climate scientists have warned for years of the destabilising impact of human industrial activity on the earth's climate. Industrial activity and transportation release huge volumes of carbon (CO2) in the atmosphere, leading the atmosphere to warm significantly and upsetting natural climate mechanisms.

Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN panel of scientists and experts, outline a bleak future for the Middle East region if world leaders don't act now to curb carbon emissions.

Climate experts say the Middle East is set to become hotter, drier, and increasingly exposed to natural hazards like sandstorms, flash floods and mudslides, that could make parts of the region unliveable.