Baghdad – The Iraqi government has announced a two-day mandatory
official holiday beginning on Wednesday due to a heat wave.
Tuesday’s statement, issued by the Iraqi Cabinet, says
temperatures are set to soar above 50°C. It is the first heat advisory issued
by the Iraqi government this summer.
The public holiday will apply to all government workers.
High temperatures in summer are common in Iraq, and endemic
electricity outages make life harder for Iraqis when temperatures soar. To cope
with the heat, Iraqis either stay indoors or swim in rivers. In some public
places, showers are set up for those who want to cool down.
It is not uncommon for such public holidays to be declared when
heat waves hit during Iraq’s long, hot summers.