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Record-breaking heat in Turkey after 106 years

A record heat of 37.2 degrees celcius has been observed in Istanbul as a result of the heat wave coming from North Africa.

According to latest meteorology reports, temperatures on Friday were the highest in 106 years of temperature recordings.

As thermometers reached up to 37 degrees, Istanbul streets became deserted due to excessive heat.

High levels of humidity nearing 50 percent caused temperatures to be felt as high as 45 degrees.

Sources stated that the seasonal India-centered reversing monsoon from the Persian gulf was affecting the heat, which is called the "Persian thermal low".

Areas located between hot air flows are described as ridge zones, and cool winds fail to blow in these areas.

When it comes to other popular tourist locations in Turkey; reports indicate that Antalya's 2007 record temperature of 44 degrees was achieved once again on Friday, though the real feel was observed as 49 degrees due to humidity.

Another city known for its hot summers,Izmir also experienced 37 degrees.

Ankara, usually a cooler city in summer, hit 37, and is expected to hit 41 on Sunday.

Meteorology reports stated that starting from Monday, a rainy weather system will enter Turkey from the northwest, and will be effective throughout the Marmara region cooling temperatures as of Tuesday.

07.02.2017
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