Over 50 degrees Celsius

Seven Iraqi governorates suspend public sector work due to extreme heat

NEWSROOM — Seven Iraqi governorates have announced the suspension of official work for Thursday due to temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.

The governorates of Basra, Diwaniya, Maysan, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Wasit, and Nineveh decided to halt official duties to ensure the safety of employees amid the extreme heat.

On the first day of summer, temperatures in eight southern Iraqi governorates exceeded 50 degrees Celsius, according to the Iraqi Meteorological Agency.

Iraq’s Minister of Water Resources, Aoun Diab, previously announced that “The current water situation in Iraq is at its most challenging stage. I have never experienced such heat in June as we are experiencing now.” He emphasized that the unprecedented rise in temperatures is indicative of significant climate change.

The United Nations ranks Iraq among the world’s five most climate-vulnerable nations. Other countries, such as Japan, have also added severe heatstroke warnings, while extreme heat waves in South and Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America have caused devastating impacts, including wildfires, record temperatures, and significant health risks.

Iraqis endure scorching heat and persistent power outages

Iraqis endure scorching heat and persistent power outages

Iraqis flock to river, ice rink to escape searing heat

Iraqis flock to river, ice rink to escape searing heat