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Monday, June 05, 2006

Summertime...And It's Bloody Hot

Summer arrived a few days ago. It's a bit early for heat like this - I seem to remember a more gradual ramp-up to extreme summer temperatures, reaching their peak in July/August. But what do I know, I'm only a blogger and part-time rocket scientist and brain surgeon.

Today's Gulf News carried a report on the weather. They say that the temperature in Al Ain last Sunday hit 50° Celsius. The other Emirates hit about 48°. They quote a meteorologist who said that all of their measurements are taken in the shade, and the actual temperature is about 3 degrees higher than what they report.

This is a perennial wossname. It is never ever reported that temperatures in the UAE have exceeded 50°C. And it has always been believed here in the UAE, that somewhere, in the Geneva Convention or one of those human rights thingies, if the temperature is 50°C or more, then you must stop work. But today's Gulf News poo-poos that ridiculous pinko-commie-bastard idea, and a quick trawl through Google-land doesn't find anything to support the idea. The Google-trawl does bring up a lot of common sense though - heat exhaustion / stroke begins to happen at temperatures as cold as 42°C.

The 4-hour afternoon rest period for labourers on building sites is being scaled down this year: a break from 12.30 to 3.00 throughout July and August is on offer. The poor sods.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's enshrined in one of the uae laws that 50celcius is the stop-work temperature.

2:26 am  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

If you think it's inhumane for people to work in these temperatures, just check out Ramadan 2011.

7:58 am  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

That's 2011AD; 1432AH of course.

8:01 am  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

Laws? geneva convention? what are you on about? This is Dubai. People will work untill they drop. after all, there are still 1B indians trying to make their way over here. The faster the ones that are already here drop, the faster the others get their turn

10:40 am  
Blogger Seabee said...

There are rumours of the 50 degree stop-work law, but it doesn't exist in UAE law.

What is the difference between shade and full sun temperatures? Our Met Authority official said 3 to 4 degrees, but walk from shade to sun and it feels a hell of a lot more than that to me.

So when they say 48 it's actually 52 by their estimate and probably 55 by mine.

And the poor bastards are working out in it - even in the shade it must be dangerous. The contractors , though, convinced the government that it would be too expensive to stop work, hence the shortened break.

Money or your life.

7:15 pm  
Blogger Omni said...

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy, how come you're not linked to me any more... I'm still linked to YOU!! You don't like my blog now? :-(

3:03 am  
Blogger kaya said...

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9:39 am  
Blogger kaya said...

Yes, this is true. 2 days ago when I got in my car and turned out the Ac I thought the gas had leaked out or something and then I hit the temp button and I got 48 degrees.
I double checked as it was like 39 barely a week ago.
My Lord! Just imagine those poor kids in those massive school buses. My girl gets off her bus red as a tomato every afternoon.Just imagine all the kids riding in from Mussafah.
I had heard that 50 degrees law too but like everything else HUMANE its become an URban LegenD.

9:41 am  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

No electricity on Mirdif all night... 41 degrees inside the house. Had to sleep at the Bustan Rotana

10:34 am  
Blogger Brn said...

I left a thermometer out in the sun last weekend here in Al Ain. The top marking on it was 120 F/ 50 C and it went past that all the way to the top of the tube. As a matter of fact, the mercury would not come back down afterwards. The one I keep in the shade has been reading pretty consistently 47 or more lately.

One of my Emirati co-workers has told me about the 50 degree law too, but that because of the law the "official" temperature never gets above the mid-40s.

3:45 pm  
Blogger Jin said...

It was bleddy cold whilst in SA (17C - 20C) but 2 days before I came back to Sandlands, it warmed up to around 30C, which was nice. Now my sweat is sweating & grandma is only allowed out before 10AM or after 5PM!
Miseed yer blogs Keefieboy & was sad to see your old Beemer finally expired!

9:25 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

I believe it may have to do with ze airbort

(but you, as an all-knowing self-proclaimed rocket-scientist should know this)

10:23 am  
Anonymous Pater said...

Its lovely in the uk, the temp is around the uae winter mark. it sounds as if the best place to be is in the Mall on the ski slope

1:43 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

I think they do have a clause which do not permit labourers to work if the temperature exceeds 100 degrees. Quite different from what they have interpreted - they never permit the temperature to go beyond 100.
Vanity Fair has done a take on it in their entertaining article about Dubai.
http://wokeupjustnow.blogspot.com/2006/05/vanity-fairs-take-on-dubai.html

3:38 pm  
Blogger Harsha said...

i thought the 50 degrees law was international

2:38 pm  

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