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09/15/05

With summer to a close, I feel I can write summer in Baghdad with steam in my words!

Is the world warmer as people keep us? I don’t know, but Baghdad is! Baghdad summers were excessively hot. Yet we are told the second Abbasid Caliph who decided on this location for his 1240 years ago, it for its fair weather!

And yet there may be a of truth in this. Baghdad was smaller. It was built on both of the Tigris in a location rich in Anyone who goes into an in or around the Baghdad region can sense a significant drop in It has to do with the dry nature of the air. begin to act, through of moisture from their like natural air coolers.

dryness of weather is a blessing. is why some people in London, or New York can die if the temperature reaches 40 F), while in Baghdad the temperature can 50 (120 F) in the shade… and people go their normal business from the fact that people are practically indestructible!!)

We now know that the region of Iraq, the valley of the two rivers lies in a large depression. The is also quite close.

in the days before electricity, had numerous ways of dealing the intolerable heat. Noon was one. Passive approach in was another. I still remember amazingly thick, external of old Baghdadi buildings, more 1 meter wide… two walls of with more than a a meter cavity filled dried mud reinforced by straw, as an Very few, if any windows on the of the house, naturally for privacy but to reduce heat gain; The in the house face inward a small open yard, with a tree or two; cars, the residential areas did not wide roads but very alleyways (usually less 2 meters wide) called to maximize the shade for people who outside.

In the summer, life after used to be centered around the roof. It was sprinkled with Earthenware jugs were on the perimeter walls and let to sweat and their water.

In the sixties, in Baghdad were still hot. People avoided the sun. But life usually to flow again in the afternoon.

The year is about 10 days than the solar one. the holy month of Muslim shifts from year to Fortunately, Ramadan and fasting been taking place in times of the year. I remember when Ramadan fell in months. That was a real of faith! Even before all religious revival, I used to be amazed by the devotion of poor working in the noon sun (construction hours were, and still are 8am to 4 pm, a one-hour break for lunch) in fasting all day at the same time and not one drop of water until

There were also jokes about it. One that I remember had to do with someone who talked ill about other His friends wagered 5 dinars if he keep his mouth shut for a But they arranged for someone a heavy coat to parade him on purpose on a hot day. The man could not that and yelled. “I will you 10 dinars instead if you can see this and manage to keep your shut!”

During the Iraq-Iran there were stories soldiers amusing themselves by eggs on the metal work of tanks and other vehicles!

And of I can tell you stories about tempers. It is perplexing that these, hard two summers, tempers are much less those I know!

Breathing can like scorching your Going outside from a place may feel like an oven.

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Water tanks are also on the flat rooftops. It can be a real of endurance to take a shower at

A wicked man once remarked Iraqis do not have the fear of God in because they already in hell!!

I had a heat stroke in 1980’s. I think it was my fault: too enthusiasm in working on my farm and not respect for the summer noon It left my temperature-regulating mechanism so that to date I still from excessive heat! when I was ill, I started some medical books it. An article mentioned something It appears that in some country (or was it India?) they had a Only Englishmen and mad dogs go out in the sun. Well, I knew for that I was not an Englishman!

As elsewhere, to people progress meant disregard to Mother Nature. Baghdad like most large metropolitans is a jungle of and cars… and very hot indeed!

Sleeping on rooftops has largely abandoned; too many stray and shrapnel. I know of at least one accident and three serious that resulted from on the roof. In one of them a man was awoken in the of the night by a sting in one of his toes. asleep, he assumed that it have been an insect, and back to sleep, only to be up again by the pain and the wetness of the

It is rather difficult to convey the feeling of heat-exhaustion; the unbelievable of water needed to compensate for all sweat; the unending feeling of the anger of waking up in the middle of the soaking wet; the annoyance of a shower before going changing into a new set of clothes to have them soaking and before leaving the house; the of touching metal with a of 80 C (170 F); the constant feeling of of breath; the agony of waiting for even for a few minutes under the sun; the agony of having a car down in that heat; the of seeing loved ones red in the sweating and in pain, while was nothing you could do about it.

So, with all those power you can imagine how happy and grateful all poor inhabitants of Baghdad

I still hate the summer in Baghdad.

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