HOT IN LAGOS

Is it hot or is it, these days in Lagos!
The daily afternoon temperature says about 33°C or 92°F, depending on the thermometer or temperature gauge you’re looking at; but the humidity is something else – 71%. From all indications, we are hovering around 35° and that is heat wave temperature.
I hear that some other parts of the country are not faring better.
If you’re lucky to be in the zone where there’s regular supply of public power or you’re in the rich bracket, you will be spending more on power right now as you will be using the air conditioners full blast for longer periods.
You will also be spending more on water if you’re having your bath or shower 2 or 3 times a day (some people do) and you should be drinking drinking more too, if you don’t want to be dehydrated. That’s something you should worry about – whether old or young.
The heavy traffic in Lagos at the moment puts all motorists and commuters in the heavy heat for longer periods in cases where vehicles are not air conditioned.
Following this excessive hot weather, medical people will advise you to reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun so as to prevent illness as a result of the adverse weather condition.

You will do well to avoid strenuous activities that could result in over-exposure to the sun such as sports and gardening or you do them in the early hours of the day when the temperature is still cool.

There is no doubt that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable so we should take care of these groups by ensuring the follow the rules as advised.

Water, yes; water is the king of all drinks. It has always been although some of us prefer other liquids. At this time, we should be drinking plenty of water and avoid drinks containing alcohol and caffeine. This is what the doctors say.

The type of dress you wear at this time may also help you minimise the heat and attendant effects. We are advised to wear loose fitting, light-colour clothing that cover as much of the skin as possible when outdoors.

Do you have hats, caps, head scarves, umbrellas, sunglasses or sunscreen? These can serve as protective apparel or gadgets at this time, not for show.

You may also be:

*Taking cold baths and leaving the water to dry on the skin

*Controlling the temperature of your work environment by proper ventilation

*Staying on the lowest floor of the house out of the sunshine

*Covering windows that receive sun with drapes or louvres.

Where there is heat injury, you should relocate to a cooler place and rest, take off any excessive clothing and put on cool clothes on your skin and try and fan yourself.

Save yourself from heat rash, heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and more serious illnesses.

0 Comments on “HOT IN LAGOS”

  1. On the subject of increasing temperatures, you could add a paragraph or two addressing the abandonment of traditional methods of construction which were effective in cooling ,in preference for imported ideas and materials that are not suited for our climate.
    UAE and others have the same problem. Whenever there’s power failure, that’s when you realize how foolish it is to adopt without adapting!!! Nigeria is heading that way.
    Furthermore, the problem of smog in densely populated cities like Lagos is a greater health hazard more so when the people spend long hours in traffic!!!
    Nigeria is the graveyard for imported antiquated autos that have been outlawed from the countries of origin!
    In particular, the heavy polluting diesel HGV’s and molues!! These are further compounded by the reliance on generators in every home and business!!
    You also have the problem of open fires in refuse dumps!!
    Hmmmmm, where do we begin to right these?

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