Bagh­dad, Iraq

The Week Middle East - - News -

“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.

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