The whole of the United Kingdom has been experiencing a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring over 30C in the last five days making average daytime temperature in London, UK that was all but covered in snow last April, higher than average temperature in Lagos, Nigeria.
Wednesday marked the 15th consecutive day in England without rain. The last rainfall was recorded on July 2nd. England is reported to be on course for its driest July in 188 years.
Not that residents are complaining though. April was considered to be one of the wettest Aprils in record and the last winter was colder and longer than usual. The hot weather is considered as a welcome relief to a lot of people especially children, most of whom will be going on summer vacation soon. Many people have taken the opportunity to go outdoors to enjoy what is considered as a ‘once-in-a-decade’ occurrence.
The unusually hot weather has caused some fatalities, unfortunately, as a teenager and a man died while swimming in Norfolk. A third man died while swimming in a river close to the border of England and Wales while a 40yr old woman drowned while swimming at sea in Cornwall, a very popular holiday destination in England.
The Met Office in the UK has issued health alerts, warning social and healthcare worker to focus on ensuring the very young, the very old and those with chronic ailments are cared for.
On the other hand, employers have been urged to allow workers ‘dress down’ to work during this hot weather. Unions have also called on employers to provide air-conditioning units and cold water facilities for their workers.
Some Law makers on the other hand are pushing for a law requiring bosses to send staff home if work places get hotter than 30C.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if such a law was passed in Nigeria as well.
As the temperature readings show below, the Mercury was at 27C in London while it was a ‘mere’ 26C in Lagos.