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Iran declares two-day holiday in 19 provinces due to heat wave

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The Iranian cabinet has declared Sunday and Monday as holiday in 19 provinces due to extreme heat. The announcement came as temperature remains above 40 degrees Celsius in 19 provinces.

The holiday is intended for the welfare of citizens and saving energy in state institutions and organizations, officials said.

The meteorological organization has predicted that temperature will remain over 40 C in 10 provinces until Monday.

Hossein Baqeri, the head of the Management Crisis Organization, said there will be emergency meeting if the current heat persists in the country.

Baqeri said Iran has experienced temperatures of 40 to 42C in the previous years but they were not continuous.

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