NiMet Alerts On Approaching Dust Haze, Poor Visibility In Northern States

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NiMet), has alerted the public on the possibility of deterioration in visibility as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country from the source region.

A press release from the Agency this afternoon signed by Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, NiMet’s GM/ PR said: “Winds over 10m and 925hPha are favourable for Dust-Haze propagations into the Northern parts of the country. ”

“Stations in the source region, Niger (Goure, Zinder, Maine-Soroa, Diffa, N-Guigmi and 61091) report horizontal visibility between 800m and 6000m.

“The sources from Chad are expected to report poor horizontal visibility in the next 24 hours, based on available models”.

Explaining further, the statement revealed that due to strong winds, the dust in suspension was expected to propagate to some states in the Northern part of the country, which would further reduce horizontal visibility especially over Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Potiskum and Maiduguri in the next 24 hours.

NiMet therefore advised the public to take necessary precautions due to dust particles presently suspended over the atmosphere.

The Agency advised individuals with respiratory ailments to protect themselves as the current weather condition was not good for their health.

Airline operators were also advised to avail themselves of weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.

NiMet said it would continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary.

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