A Climatologist, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, Â on Wednesday, advised Nigerians to find ways to mitigate the effects of the prevailing heat conditions. The expert told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the excessive heat being experienced in most parts of the country was part of the effects of global warming.
Ologunorisa , the Director, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research at the Osun State University, Osogbo, attributed the weather condition to heat released from the cloud cover trapped in the lower atmosphere.
Ologunorisa said because such heat was not a common feature, particularly in the southern parts of the country, it was imperative for people to guard against effects associated with it.
â€œThe southern and western parts of the country are today prone to unprecedented heat because of the heat trapped in their lower atmosphere. People living in the affected areas should ensure proper ventilation of their houses, wear light clothes and avoid sleeping in crowded rooms, as well as drink plenty of water,â€™â€™ he said.
The climatologist also warned that adequate care should be taken of children and old people because of their vulnerability to diseases associated with heat.
He said the heat would expose people to prickling skin diseases, exhaustion, dizziness and other physiological discomfort. Ologunorisa, however, said that the heat period would be favourable for the quick ripening of fruits in the areas. â€œWith the prevailing heat in these parts of the country, fruit farmers would have a bumper harvest,â€™â€™ he said.