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Baghdad Posts Record 125-Degree High as Middle East Swelters

HeadlineJul 31, 2020
Image Credit: University of Maine Climate Change Institute

In climate news, a record-shattering heat wave has settled over the Middle East, with temperatures soaring across Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Baghdad recorded a high of more than 125 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday — the highest temperature ever recorded in Iraq’s capital city.

Meanwhile, a months-long Arctic heat wave in Siberia has spread to Norway and northern Canada, melting permafrost, sparking wildfires and bringing Arctic sea ice extent to a historic low.

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