Nigeria Suffers Acute Heatwave

Nigeria has been in the grasp of a serious heatwave in the course of recent weeks, with meteorologist saying there is not a single help to be found until the occasional rain set in one month from now.

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The extreme heat has been in place since March, with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) saying last week that the heatwave has been affecting most parts of the country, including coastal areas, with temperatures well above 35 degrees Celsius.

On Friday, the temperature touched 42.2C in Minna, 120km northwest of Abuja. Meanwhile, Kano, 345km north of the capital, has notched up highs in excess of 40C every day since the beginning of April.

As people struggle to cope, authorities have been issuing warnings about the dangers brought on by the excessive temperatures.

Environmental expert Oluwafemi Akinbode said climate change has become a public health risk.

“When you have heatwaves, the body is dehydrated, the young, the elderly, people that live sedated lives – these are the kind of people that have immediate health reactions to the heat wave,” Akinbode said.

The severe heatwave is expected to continue until May when the seasonal rains are expected to spread north across the country.

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Environmental experts have called on authorities to make long-term plans to slow down the effects of climate change by reducing carbon emission and impose bans on tree-cutting.

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