Beyond the cold winds, foggy weather, dusty environment, and of course, the fact that it begins early December, most people are unaware of the following 5 facts about harmattan.
It Happens Only in West Africa
The cool dry air that appears to be a worldwide/african phenomenon only affects the countries in West Africa.
It is unique, as it is the only season collectively experienced by West Africa.
Harmattan Winds Blow From Sahara Desert
It actually begins due to dry and dusty winds from the Sahara Desert, located in the northern part of africa.
In the Sahara Desert, the air is so dry that heat escapes rapidly at night, leading to freezing temperatures.
But during the day, the heat in its potential is saturated.
Harmattan Haze is Harmful to Health
Harmattan haze is like a heavy fog. It is caused by high amounts of dusts in the air. When exposed to it for a long time, it can cause cracked lips, dry skin, and soles on the feet.
To avoid some of these side effects, use special body cream.
Other health side effects of harmattan haze are runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Asthmatic patients are significantly affected by harmattan haze.
Temperatures Get Low and High
Temperature difference is another fact and feature of harmattan.
What makes harmattan unique in its own way is the characteristic cold wind and heavy fog.
During harmattan, the winds in the morning and at night become cold, and at daytime, as hot as it gets. It is colder in the morning, as the winds blow more.
To cope with the cold temperatures, wear thick cloths that are thick enough for both warmth and protection from dry air. Ensure the clothing is long-sleeved, and can easily be taken off during the day, by which time, temperatures are high.
To prevent hair dryness, always moisturize your hair. For ladies, when cold temperatures set in, let down your hair, or plait a style that allows you to park and let it down. This is so that, during hot temperatures, you won’t accumulate heat at your neck.
Harmattan Wind is Called The Doctor in West Africa
According to encyclopedia, the wind, due to is invigorating dryness is called “The Doctor”.