Summertime...And It's Bloody Hot
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.