By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Tinejdad, Morocco, July 9, 2013
The South-east of Morocco has been sweating through a summer heat wave for a week before the start of Ramadan.
On the eve of the month of fast, people in the south-east region, known for its extremely hot and dry weather, are concerned that this heat wave would last for more weeks.
The well-to-do families have already rented houses in the Moroccan cities and mountainous areas that are famous for their cool weather during the summer in order to spend the holy month away from the scorching sun of these regions.
“I can’t bear the high temperature in this area during summer. For this reason I prefer to spend this holy month in Imilchil, a small town in central Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains, where the air is cool and fresh,” Ali Darroug, a teacher, told MWN.
Others who can’t afford the expensive travel charges have nothing to do but spend the holy month at home with the help of fans and air-conditioners despite the costly electricity bills.
“In very hot weather like this, a lot of rich people resort to cool areas to spend Ramadan while the less-to-do families, like us, have recourse to God seeking his grace and mercy on such a hot summer,” an old woman told MWN.
The temperature of the region during the summer is usually 40 °C (104 °F), but it goes up to 45 °C (113 °F) especially when the “Shergui,” a very hot wind coming from the east, swept the region.
Now that people are going to fast tomorrow, faith is the only equipment that will help the thirsty people stand about 16 hours of fast.
The World Meteorological Organization defines heat waves as when the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5 °C (9 °F).
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