By John Lee.
The Iraqi government has declared a four-day holiday starting on Thursday, as the country attempts to cope with temperatures expected to exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).
Highest temperatures are expected on Sunday, and in the Central and Southern areas of the country, including Baghdad.
Poor electricity supplies will continue to cause problems are people rely on air conditioners; Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered planned electricity cuts at state institutions and at the homes of all government officials.
(Sources: Reuters, Shafaaq, Associated Press)
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