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Deployed Troops Prepared To Deal With Hot Weather In Desert

Posted April 3, 2003 5:33 a.m. EST

— Troops will soon have a new enemy to fight -- the heat!

By Saturday, temperatures in Iraq are expected to top 100 degrees.

Soldiers and Marines wearing full chemical suits will have to acclimate to the weather.

Members of Fort Bragg's chemical section say temperatures inside the suit could rise by as much as 18 degrees.

Troops will need to consume three times as much water and take more breaks to prevent heat-related illnesses.