NiMet Alerts On Deterioration Of Visibility In Northern States Within 24 Hours

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NiMet), has alerted the public on the possibility of deterioration in visibility in some northern states.

Northern parts of Nigeria such as Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Potiskum and Maiduguri are likely to experience dust haze in moderate to poor horizontal visibility in the next 24 hours.

In a statement signed on Tuesday by NiMet’s GM/PR, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, the Agency said this was as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country from the source region.

NiMet said: “Stations in the source region from Chad (Faya-Largeau, Bol-Berim, Mongo, Abeche and Ndjamena) have been reporting horizontal visibility between 800m and 4000m. Other sources from Niger that share border with northern Nigeria (Diffa, Maine-Soroa, Goure, Bila, Maradi, zinder and Birni-n- Konni) have been reporting dust haze in poor visibility between 1000m and 3000 m since the last 24 hours”.

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.

NiMet therefore advised members of the public to take necessary precautions due to dust particles presently in suspension over the atmosphere.

Individuals with respiratory ailments were advised to protect themselves as the current weather condition is not good for their health.

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

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

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