The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has warned the general public on the possibility of deterioration in visibility as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country from the source region.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the agency’s General Manager/Public Relations, Muntari Ibrahim in Abuja.
NiMet said, “the weather reports from the country, indicating the approximate position of Inter-Tropical Discontinuity (ITD).
“Winds at 10 meters and 800 meters (925hPa) above the ground surface indicate favourable conditions for further Dust-Haze propagations into the nation, which will worsen horizontal visibility”.
The release further states that observation from the source region indicates that, “Niger (Maine-Soroa, Goure, Maradi , N-guigmi, Diffa, 61091, Bila and Agadez) and Chad (Faya-Largeau and Ndjamena) have both reported Dust-Haze with poor horizontal visibility”.
Hence NiMet expects that In the next few hours, strong winds at 800m would spread more dust into the country thus, causing deterioration in horizontal visibility.
The agency further revealed that in the next 24 hours, there were prospects of THICK DUST HAZE (In poor horizontal visibility, less than1000m) over Katsina, Kano, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Borno, Adamawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and Kaduna states; while Northcentral states are expected to report MODERATE DUST-HAZE (visibility of 2–5km).This weather condition is expected to persist for the next 72hours.
It therefore, advise members of the public to take necessary precautions due to dust particles presently in suspension over the atmosphere.
Also, Individuals with respiratory ailments are advised to protect themselves as the current weather condition was not good for their health. Night-time cold temperatures should be expected, so warm clothes were advised for little children.
Airline operators were also advised to avail themselves of weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.
NiMet assures that it’s Central Forecast Office (CFO) would continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary.