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Iraq heat forces government to declare mandatory holiday

Iraq's Council of Ministers has declared a four-day mandatory holiday beginning Thursday as temperatures are set to soar above 50 degrees Celsius.
An Iraqi man cools himself with water in central Baghdad. The Iraqi government has declared a mandatory holiday for the next four days due to scorching temperatures. (Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

Iraq's Council of Ministers has declared a four-day mandatory holiday beginning Thursday as temperatures are set to soar above 50 degrees Celsius.

The statement, delivered on state-run Iraqiyya TV, is the second heat advisory issued by the Iraqi government this month.

High summer temperatures are standard in Iraq, but widespread power and water cuts complicate everyday life when the temperatures soar.

Residents are typically advised to limit any outdoor activities for the duration of the heat wave.

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