Maximum sweat

After this, you don’t sweat. You are braised:

In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 165 degrees (74 Celsius) [Thursday] factoring in the humidity.

Although there are no official records of heat indices, this is second highest level we have ever seen reported.

Just as well. We agonize enough over the heat index without having to deal with actual records.

To achieve [this] astronomical heat index level of 165, Bandar Mahshahr’s actual air temperature registered 115 degrees (46 Celsius) with an astonishing dew point temperature of 90 (32 Celsius).

Yee-owch! Where is this place?

Bandar Mahshahr sits adjacent to the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran where water temperatures are in the 90s. Such high temperatures lead to some of the most oppressive humidity levels in the world when winds blow off the sweltry water.

Only once has a higher heat index been reported, and it’s not so far away:

Although there are no official records, 178 degrees (81 Celsius) is the highest known heat index ever attained. It was observed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on July 8, 2003.

All I ask is two minutes of that — no more — in mid-January, right over my driveway.


  1. McGehee »

    1 August 2015 · 8:05 am

    And in the third minute the humidity would leave you a beautiful sheet of ice to skate down.

    Yesterday The Catastrophic Climate Change Propaganda channel (you know, the one with Cantore) displayed one of those cutesy quotes on the beginning of the automated local forecast: “It’s a dry heat.”

    In subtropical west Georgia. That would be climate change, though I’m not sure I’d call it catastrophic. And if it’s man-caused I want to shake that man’s hand.

  2. jsallison »

    1 August 2015 · 4:22 pm

    We’d routinely hit 165F inside our tanks during Kuwaiti summer. Not only the sun bearing down with no cover but the electronics are heat producing as well. Only place I ever saw MILSTD electronics fail due to heat. Didn’t stay in them very long at a stretch if we could help it. We won’t discuss the aromatic results of 4 folk of indifferent hygienic habits marinating inside.

  3. CGHill »

    1 August 2015 · 5:05 pm

    “Hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum, Your Majesty,” he said, and she smiled quietly to herself.

    (There is no Rule Six.)

  4. Joe »

    2 August 2015 · 8:08 am

    No wonder the Iranians seem angry all of the time

  5. ETat »

    2 August 2015 · 8:57 am

    Guys, have you had experience with “neck coolers”? LAs in “wearable personal AC”?

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