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The Middle East Is So Hot Right Now That It Is Almost Beyond Human Understanding

Literally off the charts.

Originally posted on
Updated on

How bad is it? The National Weather Service has what they call the "Heat Index" chart to show what the environment feels like with both temperature and humidity taken into account. But in some countries, the effect is heat that's literally off the charts.


Here's an example of some of the worst hot spots over the last few days:

Temperature: 100ΒΊF

Dew Point: 59ΒΊF

Heat Index: 100ΒΊF

"Oh No I Am Melting" Index: πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

At least Beirut managed to (mostly) solve its trash problem before this heat wave struck.

Temperature: 96ΒΊF

Dew Point: 75ΒΊF

Heat Index: 108ΒΊF

"Oh No I Am Melting" Index: πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

These lucky folks had access to this natural spring in Ein Fawwar. But other parts of the Jordan Valley reached up to nearly 118ΒΊF.


Temperature: 101ΒΊF

Dew Point: 77ΒΊF

Heat Index: 118ΒΊF

"Oh No I Am Melting" Index: πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

The heat in the Gaza Strip would be sweltering under any circumstances. But, as in the case of these Palestinian children cooling off in the yard of the ruins of their family house, the conditions for those whose homes were destroyed during last summer's Israel-Hamas war are insanely hard to handle.

Temperature: 122ΒΊF

Dew Point: 37ΒΊF

Heat Index: Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

"Oh No I Am Melting" Index: πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

Baghdad, being in the middle of the area whose climate you most think of when you think of the Middle East, is usually oppressive during the summer. But with temperatures soaring β€” and power shutoffs causing people to take to the streets in protest β€” the city was nearly intolerable this weekend.

Temperature: 115ΒΊF

Dew Point: 90ΒΊF

Heat Index: "Why"

"Oh No I Am Melting" Index: πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

The mind reels.

The heat index figures for each of the countries has been corrected. The original figures were improperly calculated.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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