Government spokesperson Ali Bahadori Jahromi said the decision to close governmental offices, banks and schools on Wednesday and Thursday came after the health ministry warned about a possible increase in cases of heat exhaustion because of high temperatures, the official IRNA news agency reported.
In recent days, cities and towns in Iran saw temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The capital, Tehran, experienced 38 C (100.4 F) on Tuesday.
The metrological office predicted Tehran would see temperatures of 39 C (102.2 F) over the next three days.
Ahvaz, the capital of an oil-rich province in the country’s southwest, experienced 50 C (122 F) on Tuesday.
In 2022, Iran registered its hottest temperature at 53 C (127.4 F) in Ahvaz.
Earth’s hottest day in modern history was likely July 4, when the average global temperature reached 17.18 degrees Celsius (62.9 degrees Fahrenheit). It was mainly blamed on climate change and emerging El Nino pattern.
The highest registered air temperature on Earth is 56.7 C (134 F), recorded July 10, 1913, in Death Valley in the United States.