“Ungodly” heat: As the “Lucifer” heatwave in Southern Europe begins to ease, parts of the Middle East are enduring a summer of “ungodly” heat. Last Thursday, temperatures in Baghdad touched 51°C (124°F), leading the Iraqi government to declare a mandatory public holiday so that civil servants could shelter at home. Temperatures in the Iraqi capital have been stuck in the high 40s, and on some days have exceeded 50°C, for the past fortnight. “The heat is ungodly,” a Baghdad resident told The Guardian. “The generator in my neighbourhood that provides electricity for about 300 houses has caught fire from the heat. All it generates is smoke.” Other countries enduring similar temperatures include Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.