Iran shuts down for two days due to extreme heat

State media reported temperatures had this week exceeded 123 degrees Fahrenheit in the southern city of Ahvaz.

An Iranian taxi driver cools off on a street in Tehran on Tuesday.Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA via Shutterstock

Iran announced a nationwide two-day holiday because of increasing temperatures, state media reported Tuesday.

Government spokesperson Ali Bahadori Jahromi said the decision to close governmental offices, banks and schools on Wednesday and Thursday came after the health ministry warned about a possible increase in cases of heat exhaustion because of high temperatures, the official IRNA news agency reported.

In recent days, cities and towns in Iran saw temperatures around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The capital, Tehran, experienced 100.4 F on Tuesday.

The metrological office predicted Tehran would see temperatures of 102.2 F over the next three days.

Ahvaz, the capital of an oil-rich province in the country’s southwest, experienced 122 F on Tuesday.

In 2022, Iran registered its hottest temperature at 127.4 F in Ahvaz.

Earth’s hottest day in modern history was likely July 4, when the average global temperature reached 62.9 degrees Fahrenheit. It was mainly blamed on climate change and emerging El Nino pattern.

The highest registered air temperature on Earth is 134 F, recorded July 10, 1913, in Death Valley in the United States.