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    too.  I live in Oman.  Normally -- and I've lived here for about 25 years, so I have some experience -- from the middle of June through til late August or even the middle of September, it's hot as hell, as they say, with daily highs often into the high 40sC -- 108-120F.  This year we have scarcely breached the 40 mark (104F) once.  The humidity here on the coast has often been pretty bad -- 60+% -- but the ambient air temperatures not bad at all. Arabs don't much talk about the weather -- summers are always just very hot, so why bother -- but this year is different.  While everyone was worried about fasting this year during Ramadan because it came in mid-summer, it turned out that no one suffered especially because of the relatively mild temperatures -- it was hardly about 90F at any time during the month.  

    A note here for those unfamiliar with Islam and Ramadan.  Since the Hegric Calendar is lunar, the Holy Month starts about 11 days earlier each year in terms of the solar Gregorian calendar.  The result is that Ramadan moves all around the Zodiac every 33 years.  

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 03:26:00 AM PDT

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