It is no longer news that the hot season has been unbearable in the last couple of weeks. At first, we were all wondering why we have rains in Nigeria as early as February and then the heat came without warning. It wasn’t exceptional in any state in Nigeria and some even had it more worse than others. But all states are currently experiencing this season. Sources claim that it is as a result of global warming.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority, a heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures. This is more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during the summer season in the North-Western parts of countries like India. Heat Waves typically occur between March and June, and in some rare cases even extend till July. There’s little or less we can do as individuals to fix this, hence it is important that we look out for ourselves.
Lately, we have come to experience severe heat during the day and humid nights with little or no rainfall. Surviving this hot season is totally something we must ensure we face firsthand. The health impact of the hot season include fatigue, headache, dehydration, muscle cramps, nausea among others. To combat this, I have put together a few ways to cope with this menace.
Ways to Survive This Hot Season
#1: Stay Hydrated
Prior to this season, I am not a fan of water. I can finish a meal and only remember to drink water 3 hours later. While I always drink water immediately I wake up, I forget about water during the day mostly. However, with hot season here, I ensure I have a bottle of water with me almost all the time. Even when I am less thirsty, I remind myself that the water on my desk is for me to drink so I do not fall sick. Well, that’s just a ploy to make me drink water and not go back to the hospital.
So whether you are thirsty or not, ensure you stay hydrated at all times by drinking lots of water.
#2: Wear Breathable Clothes
Last week, I remembered one of my clothes from last year and decided to wear it again. I wished I had left it on the rack till further notice. That was one of the most uncomfortable days for me since this hot season shenanigan started. At some point, I wished I could remove my clothes or have a cold bath but I was at work and couldn’t do that.
A blogger babe, Vanessa Ohaha, wrote about the best heat appropriate fabric to wear this season and I agree with her. Linen and light cottons are my go to outfits now except on days when I want to be extreme like I did in this shot. I chose a backless leather dress that I styled as a top to ensure that despite the fabric, there’s still room for air behind.
Leather Dress: Aliexpress
Pants and Shoes: Elboogie
#3: Ditch the Weaves for Cornrows and Wigs
There’s no worse discomfort than when you are extremely hot and your hair start touching your skin. I don’t know if anyone else finds that quite uncomfortable or it’s just me. But with wigs, it’s pretty easy to take it off anywhere and anytime. Also, fixing your hair at this point will amount to waste of money as most times, the heat builds up from your head. This causes the hair to start smelling and even become itchy within days of making it. But with cornrows and weaves, it becomes easy for the air to blow directly on your head or even change the style once it becomes itchy or rough.
Personally, I have embrace wigs and this allows me change the cornrows every two weeks or less depends on how itchy and rough it gets.
#4: Stay indoors between 12noon and 3pm
This is when the sun is at its hottest, and likely to sting without any breeze. Except you have any genuine reason to go out, it is advisable to remain indoors. And if you have to, ensure you wear a good sunscreen to protect your face from sunburn. Also carry a water bottle, a sun hat or face cap and a sunshade to shield your face from the sun.
#5: Maximize Your Windows
I am someone that really gets cranky when I am hot, hence I cannot stay in a room that is hot. During this season, one of the things I do to survive is to leave my windows open in the morning while the weather is a little cool. Once the sun is out, I close it to keep the sun out and reduce the heat.
Unfortunately for me, my room faces the position where the sun rises and it makes my walls and room more hotter during the day. To reduce this, I ensure the fan and AC is on and once the heat becomes unbearable, I turn off the fan.
At night, I make sure the windows are open, the fan and air conditioner is on until the room is mildly cool and then I close the window. I also make sure cooking is done during the early hours of the morning as I do not have a smoke extractor in my kitchen. Cooking in the afternoon always make the room even hotter.
Shower as many times as possible. I have come to notice that the more I shower, the more easy it is for me to survive this hot season and even become less restless. Just make water your best friend as long as this season lasts. Until the rain comes, continue to stay safe and hydrated.
What has been your coping mechanism so far for this season if you are in Nigeria? If you are outside Nigeria, what’s the weather condition like and what’s your take on an extreme condition like this?
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