The New York Times
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: August 2, 2011
William J. Syrett, who teaches meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, said it was 124 degrees in Baghdad on Tuesday, matching an all-time high for the capital. In the southern city of Diwaniya, the temperature climbed to 126 degrees. Some records say the country’s all-time high is 126, while others say it is 131, he said.
“The data for Iraq in the ’80s and ’90s took a real hit because of the Iran-Iraq war, which was catastrophic for the country’s infrastructure, so we don’t have all the data,” Mr. Syrett said in a telephone interview.