Coping with the hot weather in Port Harcourt and around

For the past one month, Port Harcourt has been extremely hot and this has left residents highly inconvenienced; for this reason we have  come up with tips to help you survive the heat. 

During extreme heat, whether it’s one hot day or a heatwave, remember: 

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (if your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather).
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers.
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings (shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres).
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds.
  • Open the windows when there is a cool breeze.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you do have to go outside, wear a hat and sunscreen, and seek shade.
  • Cancel or postpone outings. If you absolutely must go out, stay in the shade and take plenty of water with you. 
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton and linen.
  • Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads.
  • Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored.
  • Avoid heavy activity like sport, renovating and gardening.
  • Watch or listen to news reports to find out more information during extreme heat.