Nigeria has been undergoing a period of intense heat, with no hope of a better temperature until the seasonal rain starts in full.
For the past few weeks, the temperature in the country has soared with the severe heatwave. The meteorologist has confirmed that unless the seasonal rain starts, there exists no hope of a mild temperature for the country.
Nigeria Experiences Severe Heatwave
According to the Meteorological Agency (NiMet), the situation has been ongoing since March and most part of the country has been affected. Even coastal areas with the temperature already above 35°c are not exempted.
The temperature on Friday soared so high up to 42.2C in Minna, which is 120 km distance from the country’s capital. Other locations such as Kano has recorded 40C all-time high since the month of April. Kano is 345km north of the capital Abuja.
Citizens are trying to cope with the intense heat and authorities have issued warnings concerning the negative effects of the temperature.
As Olwafemi Akinbode, an environmental expert puts it, “Climate change is now a public health challenge”.
The young and the elderly are the most affected. They are the ones that have an immediate reaction to the situation. With the increase heatwave, the body fluid is always reduced through sweat thereby leading to dehydration; Akinbode explained.
However, the intense heat will continue until the fifth month out the year until the seasonal rain climax in full – across the country.
Environmental experts have called on the authorities to take measures by discouraging deforestation and reducing the rate of carbon emission in the country.
Nigerians, no doubt are looking toward a favorable temperature soon.