The end of every year and the beginning of the following year is always accompanied by an unfavourable change in weather condition across the country, most especially the northern part.
This period, called dry season is one of the two seasons experienced in Nigeria but mostly referred to as harmattan period. The antecedence of this period can be traced to the Sahara desert which produces cold and hot conditions over West African countries.
Harmattan makes a transitional occurrence between late Novembers of every year to early March of the following year.
During this period, everywhere becomes dry, dusty and windy owing to lower humidity due to lack of rainfall which results to withering and falling of leaves, brown roads and fields as well as whitish and dry skin among others.
To this effect, students among other inhabitants of the northern part of the country adopt a new way of life when the period starts. This is owing to the fact that a number of them are familiar with the characteristics nature of the days from extreme morning colds, mixed cold and hot afternoons to slightly relaxed cold nights, while a few who are not, try to as a matter of immediacy, make adaptations.
In this light, majority of the students take their baths in the early hours of the day with hot water and use Vaseline or oily creams as well as lips glosses to prevent their skins from drying and the lips from cracking while a few prefer to take their baths when the sun is up.
To prevent dust and cold, the students put on heavy cardigans, head-warmers, hand gloves, socks and covered foot wears but when it is hot afternoon, they take them off due to heat.
Breakfasts use to be interesting, as a large number of students go a long way in struggling to buy food from different food joints in order to drive away the early morning cold.
Meanwhile, as the early days of March approach, the harmattan recedes and even before the first half of the year, no trace of it will be felt as the weather returns to normalcy and everyone returns to his or her normal way of life.
This article was sent to schoolwatch.com.ng by Liman, a 400L student of Mass Comm. A.B.U. Zaria.
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