"the simum"
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The simum has been described as a "poison wind", being dry and very hot, sometimes in excess of 55 ÂșC. "Soum" is Arabic for poison.

It is mentioned by James Joyce in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

Stephen's heart had withered up like a flower of the desert that feels the simoom coming from afar.

And in the film of The English Patient, Almasy describes the simum in violent terms:

...the Simoon, which a nation thought was so evil they declared war on it and marched out against it in full battle dress.