Iran has declared Wednesday and Thursday of this week as public holidays due to “unprecedented heat.” The authorities have also advised the elderly and individuals with health conditions to remain indoors during this period, as reported by Iranian state media.
Many cities in southern Iran have already suffered from days of exceptional heat. State media reported temperatures had this week exceeded 123 degrees Fahrenheit (51 Celsius) in the southern city of Ahvaz.
Government spokesman Ali Bahadori-Jahromi was quoted by state media as saying Wednesday and Thursday would be holidays, while the health ministry said hospitals would be on high alert.
Temperatures are expected to be 39 C in Tehran on Wednesday.
Heatwaves have affected large parts of the globe in recent weeks. Scientists have linked them to human-induced climate change.