With Temp Soaring Over 123°F, Iran Announces 2-Day Holiday Amid Extreme Heatwave

by Shreya Shriyan
With Temp Soaring Over 123°F, Iran Announces 2-Day Holiday Amid Extreme Heatwave

The entire world is under some form of climate threat, be it floods, storms or cyclones. And now, joining from the deserts in Iran. Iran is battling its worst heatwave conditions yet with temperatures reaching “unprecedented levels”. So, to safeguard its people from the heat, the country has decided to take THIS action in the coming 2 days. 

Iran Announces 2-Day Holiday Amid Severe Heatwave

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As per Iran’s state media, a two-day holiday for banks and government workers nationwide has been declared by Iran as soaring temperatures take over the country. The decision to implement the holidays came after temperatures exceeding 40°C were forecasted by the meteorological office. 

In many cities, temperatures are expected to reach nearly 50°C, including the southwest. Many southern Iranian cities already suffered from long days of exceptional heat, reported Hindustan Times. 

As per the reports, Temperatures this week exceeded 123°F (51°C) in the southern city of Ahvaz, Iran’s State media reported.

Government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi stated that the Cabinet has approved the Health Ministry’s proposal. The proposal stated to declare August 2 and August 3 as public holidays nationwide. The aim was to safeguard public health, as reported by the official IRNA news agency.

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One Of The Many Countries Facing The Effects Of Climate Change

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The Health Ministry has also issued a warning about the dangers of heatstroke due to excessive sun exposure. People are urged to stay indoors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, reports stated. Health Ministry spokesman Pedram Pakain expressed concern about the alarming increase in heat-related illnesses in recent days, reported Arab News.

As per the report, In June, the Iranian government altered summer working hours for its employees, starting earlier to conserve electricity during peak temperatures. The heat wave has also severely impacted the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Sistan-Baluchistan of the southeastern province of Iran has been among the worst affected by the heat wave, stated Arab News’s reports. As per the IRNA, close to 1,000 people have been hospitalised due to the rising temperatures and its effects. 

The rising high temperatures have naturally led to water shortages and even protests for the same, reported Tasnim News Agency. Iran is just one of the several countries currently battling what can be called the worst weather crisis around the world. 

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Only time will tell if the damage to nature can be repaired on time or if we need to brace ourselves for worse conditions. 

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