Surviving the Summer Heat in Oman

45 degrees Celsius (or 113 Fahrenheit for you Americans out there)  is a pretty good day here in the Sultanate during the summer.  Sometimes it gets above 50 degrees!  Many expats use their 45-60 vacation days (depending on the conditions of ones contract) to escape the heat and who can blame them?! 

This summer is supposed to be even hotter than usual.  Many of you readers from within the Sultanate (my largest readership!) may have heard of this warning from the government:

“Civil Defence Notice – The Civil Defence has given notice that within the next few weeks temperatures will go up to as high as 50 degrees Celsius. Drivers are asked NOT to fill your gasoline tanks to maximum. The high temperatures can over heat your gasoline tank. This memo serves only as a reminder and precaution for everyone.”  I thought this was a hoax at first but it seems to be legitimate.  It can get that hot here!  Apparently, the UAE Defense Ministry has advised all car owners in the UAE not to fill car petrol tanks full because for the next few weeks temperatures will shoot up to 53-54 degrees and thus can cause the fuel tank to burst!

I was thinking of making a list of things to do to survive the summer heat but there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel.  Another blogger (who has left us for greener pastures), “Other Oman”, wrote a brilliant list list of how to survive “Summer in Muscat with Toddlers”.  It’s not only helpful for parents but is good advice for anyone who is in Oman over the summer.  It was written 2 years ago but it’s just as appropriate today as it was then.  Here’s another general list of how to survive the summer heat from ehow.com.

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

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