Urban heat island and bioclimatological conditions in a hot-humid tropical city: the example of Akure, Nigeria

  • Ifeoluwa A. Balogun Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 704, Akure, Ondo State
  • Ahmed A. Balogun Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 704, Akure, Ondo State
Keywords: Urbanisation, bioclimatological conditions, heat island, Akure, Nigeria

Abstract

The impact of weather on human health has become an issue of increased significance in recent times, considering the increasing rate of urbanisation and the much associated heat island phenomenon. This study examines the urbanisation influence on human bioclimatic conditions in Akure, a medium sized hot-humid tropical city in Nigeria, utilising data from measurements at urban and rural sites in the city. Differences in the diurnal, monthly and seasonal variation of human bioclimatic characteristics between both environments were evaluated and tested for statistical significance. Higher frequencies of high temperatures observed in the city centre suggest a significant heat stress and health risk in this hot-humid city.
Published
2014-09-02
How to Cite
Balogun, I. A., & Balogun, A. A. (2014). Urban heat island and bioclimatological conditions in a hot-humid tropical city: the example of Akure, Nigeria. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 145(1-2), 3-15. https://doi.org/10.12854/erde-145-2