Temperatures in Baghdad, which averaged between 45 and 48 degrees in July, rose to 50 degrees in the afternoon today.
Iraqi citizens continue to complain of power cuts in the scorching temperatures. An average of 3 to 5 hours of national electricity service can be provided daily in Baghdad.
The people of Baghdad receive electricity from neighborhood generators in exchange for money. Low-income families cannot benefit from this service.
Settar Ali, who sells water to passers-by on Alavi Street in the center of Baghdad, said, “The weather is very hot and the electricity is cut off at home. Despite the extreme heat, I am on the street to bring bread to my children and pay the house rent, and I sell water to passers-by. I try to cool off by sprinkling water on my face.” .
Nur Cemal, who works as a carpenter in the same region, reproached the rising temperatures and long hours of power cuts, saying, “The situation is very bad. We can neither find water nor electricity in the house. Despite these conditions, we have to work. If we stay at home, no one will provide us an income,” he said.
The Iraqi Meteorology Directorate announced that the air temperature will remain at 50 degrees and above until Monday.