It’s been hot in B.C., but it hasn’t been “second hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet Earth” hot.
In the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr, a temperature of 165 degrees (74 Celsius) Fahrenheit, factoring in humidity, was recorded at 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday.
Though no official record exists, this marks the second hottest temperature ever recorded, narrowly beat by Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, which hit 178 degrees Fahrenheit (81 degrees Celsius) in 2003.
Bandar Mahshahr is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, where water temperature can reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This leads to some of the most oppressive humidity on the planet, which translates to the extreme temperatures experienced in the region.
50°C (122°F) + stations Thursday: ORMM (Bashrah Iraq) 51°C KQTZ (Baghdad Iraq) 50°C pic.twitter.com/MQZCLSj79I
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) July 30, 2015