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FCT, three states face ‘extreme danger’ of heatwaves – NiMet

By Grace Samuel

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a warning to residents of Abuja, Kano, and other northern states regarding imminent heat waves expected on April 6, 2024, which could pose risks of dangerous heat strokes.

NiMet’s latest advisory has categorized the 36 states into five levels of risk: Normal, Caution, Extreme Caution, Danger, and Extreme Danger, based on the severity of anticipated heat waves.

States like Abuja, Kano, Sokoto, and Kogi fall under the “Extreme Danger” category, urging residents to take preventive measures to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.

Similarly, regions like Kebbi, Katsina, and Adamawa are also at high risk, raising concerns about potential health impacts.

Residents in states like Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo are advised by NiMet to remain vigilant for potential heat strokes, although the risk level is not as severe as in high-risk areas.

This warning comes amid Nigeria experiencing a prolonged heatwave, with temperatures nearing 40°C. NiMet forecasts indicate that the hot weather may persist, with temperatures potentially reaching 41°C in the North and 39°C in the South from March to May.

In an official statement posted on its social media platforms, NiMet advised Nigerians to take precautions by staying hydrated and seeking cool, air-conditioned environments.

The agency also recommended the following measures:

Avoid leaving children in parked cars.
Wear hats and sunglasses when outdoors.
Ensure infants are well-ventilated and hydrated.
Dress in light, breathable clothing.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm.

NiMet emphasized the importance of public awareness campaigns and educational programs on heat stress risks and preventive measures to safeguard the population during the heatwave period.


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