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Mideast temperatures to exceed half the boiling point next week

Some meteorological national centers in the region are warning their citizens to be ready for an other heat wave

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If you think the worst of the heatwave has passed, think twice. People in the Middle East will swelter through an incredible heat wave this coming Thursday.

Some meteorological national centers in the region are warning their citizens to be ready for temperature’s that have rarely been recorded before.

The center of Meteorology and Seismology in Iraq, predicts that temperatures will exceed half the boiling point of water - 50 degrees - as early as next Thursday.

Other Arab centers issued statements predicting that temperatures will exceed 45 degrees in various countries in the region such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday of next week.

Iraq and Lebanon, were forced to declare a four-day holiday last Thursday to help residents cope with extreme conditions as a heat dome set in over the region.

The Iranian port city of Bandar-e Mahshahr recorded temperatures as high as 74 degrees. That remarkable reading came from a heat index that is calculated according to a formula that combines the air temperature - 46 degrees at its peak - with the top humidity or dew-point temperature reached of 32 degrees.

This year is shaping up to be one of the world's hottest. In May, a heat wave in southern India killed 750 people over five weeks and in June, a heat wave in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan claimed over 1,200 lives with a high of 45 C.