15 February 2001

Nigeria: Lagos Experiences Longer Days And Shorter Nights

Lagos — Residents of Lagos, the former federal capital, are now experiencing weather change as it affects the length of day and night. This is coming at a time when slight harmattan is being experienced in the morning while intense sun and heat reign in the afternoon and night.

At present, the weather change has made it possible for the day to be longer, figuratively, while the night is shorter. As a proof of this phenomenon, 6.45pm., for example, is recorded when the skies are still clear.

At such hour, the cloud is still as bright as in the afternoon. However, between that time and 7pm, darkness envelops the city in a twinkle of an eye.

Similarly, in the early hours of the day, darkness still prevails, just like in the night. For example, at 6.45 am, darkness still envelopes the city.

But it clears between then and 7am. The current weather change was noticed last week and it has been the order of the day.

Weather experts say the current phenomenon is in line with weather pattern (a change over a long period of time). A meteorologist, who wouldn't want to be named, said the occurrence of longer day and shorter night, or vise versa, is a natural phenomenon.

He, however, reveals that this normally, occurs during the dry season. The meteorologist said there is no cause for alarm over the weather change, as it would normalise after a while.

Incidentally, while Lagosians are waiting for this, some of them are being affected negatively by this phenomenon. To be sure, some workers now go to work late because, while mistaking darkness for dusk, especially in the morning, they remain in bed till around 7am.

And by the time they get out of bed and leave for work, it would have been late for them to get to their offices before the official resumption time (8am). Miss Bola Akindilini, whose office is in Yaba area of Lagos, appears to speak the minds of many.

According to her, the first two days, when the weather change was noticed, she got to her office late. "Last week, I went to work late twice.

The first day, I was in bed till 6.40m. I was deceived by the darkness.

When my cousin woke me up and told me what the time was, I thought she was kidding and I told her so. When she handed me my watch, I thought it had stopped.

But suddenly everywhere brightened. It was the same experience the next day," she said.

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