The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet has warned that there was the possibility of some northern cities in the country to experience dust haze which could affect horizontal visibility adversely.
The Agency’s General Manager, Muntaru Ibrahim disclosed this in a statement on Monday Night in Abuja.
According to the Agency, weather reports monitored indicates that “Stations in Niger (Maradi, Goure, Maine-Soroa, Agadez, Zinder and 61091) and Chad (Faya-Largeau) have reported Dust-Haze with poor horizontal visibility.
“Strong winds at 800m is expected to transport the dust to the country, particularly the North and North-central regions, in the next few hours”, It read.
The release further disclosed that satellite images obtained indicated that In the next 24 hours, there were high prospects of thick dust haze (poor horizontal visibility, 1000m) over Katsina, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Yobe and Jigawa; while other northern states were expected to report moderate dust haze (visibility of 2–5km).
NiMet expects that this weather condition was expected to persist for the next 3 days and that Day-Time Temperature (Max) was expected to fall as a result of this plume of dust coming into the country.
In view of this, members of the public werea advised to take necessary precautions due to dust particles presently in suspension over the atmosphere.
Also, Individuals with respiratory ailments were advised to protect themselves as the current weather condition was not good for their health.
The release also disclosed that Night-time cold temperatures should be expected, hence warm clothes are advised for little children.
Airline operators were also advised to avail themselves of weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.
NiMet assured continuous monitoring of the weather and will keep Nigerians informed of any further changes.