Iran Hit 129 Degrees Yesterday, Breaking Asia's Heat Record For June

(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Iran broke the record for Asia’s highest temperature ever recorded during June yesterday. It was a scorching 128.7 degrees in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, which works out to 53.7 degrees Celsius. The previous June record in Iran was 127.4 degrees.


And if that wasn’t enough, the heat index, which factors in humidity, hit a whopping 142 degrees. Amazingly, if you only measured by heat index, the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr actually felt hotter than Ahvaz yesterday, hitting 165 degrees, while maintaining a lower actual temperature of 115 degrees.

As USA Today notes, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was back in 1913 when Death Valley, California hit 134 degrees. Last year, 2016, was the hottest year on record for our planet. Meanwhile, the Trump regime is eliminating 1,200 jobs at the EPA, and the president himself has called climate change a “hoax” invented by the Chinese.

Weather is not climate, but blistering heat is one of the predictable outcomes of humanity’s contribution to global climate change. So while Congressman Numbnuts brings snow into the US House to “prove” climate change is a hoax, maybe we can ship these guys off to Iran in the summer.

You know who is taking climate change seriously? The US military. In a video released this week, the US Navy emphasized to former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that climate change poses a threat to national security.

“Governor, [Naval Station Norfolk] is the second most vulnerable area, next to New Orleans, in terms of the sea level rise,” Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told Schwarzenegger in Virginia, according to Task and Purpose. “Right now, our best estimate is approximately a two-foot rise by the year 2050.”


The video emphasizes that at least 18 US Navy bases are at serious risk for flooding. As Schwarzenegger emphasizes, we’re not talking about “50 years from now, but today.”

Climate change is happening, whether you believe in it or not. Both in Iran and in the United States.


[Washington Post and USA Today and Task and Purpose]

Matt Novak is a senior writer at Gizmodo and founder of He's writing a book about the movies U.S. presidents watched at the White House, Camp David, and on Air Force One.



The mentality (at least publicly) of climate change deniers is seen in Trumps dumb-ass Tweet: namely, that somehow this is all made up and will only serve to hurt the economy as we are forced to pay more taxes on carbon, and then forced to use “unreliable” sources like solar and wind.

But a study just came out showing the economic impact of climate change as temperatures rise. Their study showed that “the poorest third of counties could sustain economic damages costing as much as 20 percent of their income if warming proceeds unabated.” I’d wager that most of those poorest third of counties in this country also voted for Trump and typically vote for climate-denying GOPers.

This is what’s maddening. While I’d wager that wealthy politicians and their lobbyists don’t even care whether climate change is real or not— they just don’t want to pay more in possible taxes— their constituents will actually suffer if things aren’t done. And yet, because they choose to live in a media bubble, they also think that the whole thing is a hoax. If it just hurt them, one would be tempted to just say fuck it. But it has an impact on the entire planet.

I’m just thankful that most of the rest of the world has signed on to this and will hopefully have some impact for the better.