the republic logo

Iraq declares Thursday a holiday amid a 50-degree Celsius (122-degree Fahrenheit) heatwave

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

BAGHDAD — Iraq's government has announced that Thursday will be an official holiday due to a scorching heatwave.

In a brief statement Wednesday, the Iraqi Cabinet said temperatures already have exceeded 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some provinces.

Meteorological officials warned of a heat wave in central and southern Iraq starting Wednesday through Friday. The heat wave comes as Muslims are practicing dawn-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Such heatwaves in Iraq add to the population's hardships as the country suffers from a lack of electricity. To cope with high temperatures, Iraqis either stay indoors or swim in rivers. In some public places, showers are set up for those who want to cool down.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.