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Climate 2016, 4(2), 29; doi:10.3390/cli4020029

Urban-Rural Temperature Differences in Lagos

1,2,†,* , 2,†
and
3,†
1
The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL GRP-WACS), Federal University of Technology, Akure 340252, Nigeria
2
Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, Federal University of Technology, Akure 340252, Nigeria
3
West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use Master Research Program in Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL CC&ALU), Federal University of Technology, Minna 920252, Nigeria
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Yang Zhang
Received: 26 December 2015 / Revised: 3 May 2016 / Accepted: 3 May 2016 / Published: 17 May 2016
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Abstract

In this study, the hourly air temperature differences between City hall (urban) and Okoafo (rural) in Lagos, Nigeria, were calculated using one year of meteorological observations, from June 2014 to May 2015. The two sites considered for this work were carefully selected to represent their climate zones. The city core, City hall, is within the Local Climate Zone (LCZ 2) (Compact midrise) while the rural location, Okoafo, falls within LCZ B (Scattered Trees) in the south-western part on the outskirt of the city. This study is one of very few to investigate urban temperature conditions in Lagos, the largest city in Africa and one of the most rapidly urbanizing megacities in the world; findings show that maximum nocturnal UHI magnitudes in Lagos can exceed 7 °C during the dry season, and during the rainy season, wet soils in the rural environment supersede regional wind speed as the dominant control over UHI magnitude. View Full-Text
Keywords: temperature difference; urban climatology; heat island; Lagos temperature difference; urban climatology; heat island; Lagos
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Ojeh, V.N.; Balogun, A.A.; Okhimamhe, A.A. Urban-Rural Temperature Differences in Lagos. Climate 2016, 4, 29.

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