By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:
When I say "things are heating up," I am usually speaking metaphorically.
But not this time.
Things are really heating up in Iran - not figuratively but quite literally. It is really hot.
Yesterday the temperature in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz reached 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 53.7 Centigrade. That is one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded - anywhere in the world.
The hottest temperature ever recorded was in July of 1913 in Death Valley, California where the temperature reached 134 F. While that's the recorded temperature, it's doubtful that it was a true reading. When you take into account the other heat and the real feel, the temperature was probably more 142 F.
Ahvaz is so hot one might think it was a ghost town - but it is home to 1.3 million Iranians.
The name of the town, Ahvaz, means the market of the Khuzis, a local Iranian tribe.
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