72°C in Iran, 51°C in Iraq but rain in KSA and UAE

A ridge of high pressure has forced Iraqi officials to declare a four-day public holiday

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A heat wave is pushing temperature, to soar to 72°C in Iran and 51°C in Iraq, 52 in Jordan, 48 in Tunisia.

A ridge of high pressure has forced Iraqi officials to declare a four-day public holiday. In Jordan unstable weather conditions are expected to affect the country through Tuesday “therefore it will be hot in the hilly areas and extremely hot in the Jordan Valley, Aqaba and the desert areas” according to official news agency PETRA.

Queen Alia international airport, Amman, was swamped in a huge cloud of dust Sunday afternoon. Twitters published videos showing the cloud while covering the airport.

Jordanian media outlets published, through their websites and social accounts, videos and pictureS about the sandstorm which influenced the traffic as flights were movement were delayed according to Jordanian media.

However, scattered heavy rainfall that caused flash floods over the weekend in the northern emirates and in some parts of Saudi Arabia and it could continue, especially in mountainous areas.

Rains in KSA

Thunderstorms and heavy rain on Friday caused floods in Wadi May, Al Hayl in Fujairah, Wadi Al Hilw in Sharjah and Wadi Al Ojaili in RAK. Forecasters predicted more partly cloudy skies over the south and east of the country for the next three days.

Motorists have been warned to be cautious, cut speed and leave enough distance between vehicles due to poor visibility caused by high winds whipping up sand and dust.

The official meteorological centers in Saudi Arabia and UAE warned of poor visibility accompanied by rainfall and winds.