Canadian soldiers fight to survive extreme Afghan heat
We must remember Canadian,
British and other troops are
fighting in Afghanistan, not
just the United States.
And the Afghan heat is only gaining strength, creeping forward day by day like lava from a volcano, as midsummer approaches. July temperatures can climb above 50 C in the shade.
A relentless sun can cause headaches and dizziness, as well as stroke, shock and even cardiac arrest. At its worst, heat illness kills.
No Canadians have died from heat in Afghanistan, although the sun still presents a considerable danger, according to the doctor in charge of Canadian primary care at Kandahar Airfield.