On the first day of summer, the Middle East was the hottest region of the planet. The highest temperature recorded in Kuwait — 51,2 °. This heat was a record, even for the Arabian Peninsula. As the head of the emirate Weather Service Musa Ramadan, 1 degree broken record of 50 years ago. Usually, this heat is set in late July — early August, but then the temperature is never so high. Situation of the population is somewhat simplified humidity, which dropped to 5%. But the next day, as is often the case in any region after heat blew a hurricane. A strong wind picked up in the atmosphere clouds of sand. On the vast territory, including Kuwait, Iraq, part of Iran and Saudi Arabia, June 2, there was a strong sandstorm. According to the monitoring network, the visibility deteriorated to 200 m A day later, the sand continues to fly.
Source: News Gismeteo
Sandstorm in Baghdad
Sandstorm has paralyzed traffic on the streets of Baghdad. Sandstorm struck the Iraqi capital Baghdad and several provinces of the country, reports the Associated Press.
Dozens of people were admitted to hospital with asthma attacks and damage to the upper respiratory tract. Iraqi authorities have asked citizens to not take to the streets.
Visibility did not exceed a few meters, kilometers-long traffic jams formed on the main thoroughfares of Baghdad. To ensure safety on the slopes exhibited additional traffic patrols.
Sandstorms — a frequent phenomenon in Iraq. They usually begin in March and continue until the end of May or early June.
Source: RIA Novosti
Baghdad was colored in orange because of a sand storm
Dust storm descended on Baghdad, the Iraqi capital coloring and some of its suburbs in orange, causing many kilometers of traffic jams and cause vomiting and allergic asthma.
Life in Baghdad today was paralyzed. Visibility on the streets of the city was only a few meters. Motorists urged to be extremely careful on the roads. Few cars brought a lot of trouble the police, who were on duty at the main traffic arteries in special masks, reports «Associated Press».
Pedestrians on the streets was very little. Authorities advised people to refrain from going out of the house and have to wear gauze masks. A number of shops and offices were closed early. Does not specify whether the sandstorm affected the work of the international airport in Baghdad.
Storm was an ordeal for people with respiratory and heart. In hospitals, hundreds of people have already applied with complaints of breathing problems.
It adds the agency, such natural phenomena are not uncommon in Iraq, but the consequences of them are now more severe because a sandstorm exacerbated strong drought.