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Iran just recorded one of the hottest days since records began, and it makes a lot of sense.
If you're starting to worry about the weather, you're not the only one because soaring temperatures like those recorded in Iran this week have become a serious cause for concern.
And predictably, scientists and experts have been putting the drastic rise in the Earth's temperature down to one thing: climate change.
And to make matters worse, according to the UN, soaring temperatures aren't being taken seriously enough.
As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in April: "Some government and business leaders are saying one thing, but doing another. Simply put: They are lying. And the results will be catastrophic."
Guterres went on to warn that the planet is 'already perilously close to tipping points that could lead to cascading and irreversible climate impacts.'
"But high-emitting governments and corporations are not just turning a blind eye; they are adding fuel to the flames," Guterres continued.
And it seems those flames are far hotter than we could've imagined because, on Monday 20 June, Iran recorded one of the hottest temperatures ever.
In Abadan, a staggering 126 F (52.2 C) was recorded by a weather reporting station, while other parts of Iran recorded highs of 122 F (50 C), as seen on AccuWeather.
"Brutally hot conditions have expanded across parts of Kuwait, Iraq and Iran recently as a result of high pressure overtaking the region," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyssa Smithmyer said.
Iran soared up to a scorching 52.2°C (126°F) today.— US StormWatch (@US_Stormwatch) June 20, 2022
That's the hottest temperature recorded on Earth this year and one of the highest "pre-solstice" temperatures ever recorded. pic.twitter.com/rlYTyTlvn7
Naturally, people were quick to weigh in online, with many being worried about what the soaring temperatures might mean for life on earth.
One said: "That is truly frightening. Under normal conditions, it says on Google that blood will boil at a little over 212° f."
While another suggested that the temperatures could continue to climb: "It’s actually the last day of spring according to the Persian Solar calendar. The summer is yet to come!"
A third added: "The physiological limit for humans to cool themselves is 35°C wet-bulb temperature. Beyond that our sweat won't sufficiently evaporate to cool us."
Another simply said "We are so f****d." Our sentiments exactly.
Still, while that's enough to keep us up at night, we can actually make an impactful difference, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2,800-page report, which offers a comprehensive guide on how to halt global warming.
So, what does the report recommend? Investing in sustainable energy, like electric cars, and stopping greenhouse gas emissions from increasing.
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