Heat Wave Will Last Rest of the Week

Heat Wave Will Last Rest of  the WeekHeat Wave Will Last Rest of  the Week

The heat wave that has gripped Iran is expected to last several more days, an official at Iran's Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.

Speaking to Mehr News Agency, Ahad Vazifeh, head of the organization's Weather Forecast and Early Warning Office, said most parts of the country will have to endure high temperatures until Friday.

As the mercury rises steadily people, especially children and the elderly, have been advised against outdoor activities to prevent heatstroke.

He said the provinces of Hormozgan, Fars and Sistan-Balouchestan might also experience high winds and thunderstorms over the next three days.

Vazifeh added that temperatures in the sprawling capital will register unusual highs reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

The Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company has repeatedly called for judicious use of electricity throughout the summer season to help reduce the rising number of blackouts in the city that is home to almost 12 million people not including the extra few million that travel to Tehran everyday for work from the neighboring satellite towns and cities.

Iran has been grappling with unprecedented heat this year. Bandar Mahshahr in the southern oil region of Khuzestan recorded heat index of 73 degrees Celsius on July 31, thanks to a combination of extreme heat and humidity.

Scientists believe 2015 is on track to become the hottest year on record, after preliminary data released by NASA and the Japan Meteorological Administration pointed to July as the warmest month in the past 125 years.

July is the fourth month this year that broke its monthly temperature record, joining June, March and May.

The MENA region has been hit by extremely high temperatures in recent weeks that have hurt businesses and subjected the already burdened power grids to produce more electricity than would normally be case.

Heat waves killed at least 61 people across Egypt last week and caused nearly 600 people to be admitted to hospital.

Large groups of scientists and experts blame the high temperatures on climate change and uninterrupted consumerism, which they insist is showing its true colors across continents. Last week several cities in Europe shattered heat records and weather alerts were announced across western Europe.