NIGERIA: NiMet Educates Nigerians, Airlines On Looming Haze

Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), yesterday, warned of an imminent haze that could affect horizontal visibility.

It said Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Potiskum and Maiduguri might witness the development in the next 24 hours.

A statement explained that the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity (ITD), currently at about 9.60N Lat, would retreat slightly southward within the timeframe.

Winds over 10m and 925hPa (700m) are favourable for dust-haze propagations in northern parts of the country, it added.

“Stations in the source region (Sahara Desert) – from Chad (Faya-Largeau, Bol-Berim, Mongo, Abeche and Ndjamena) – and 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 horizontal visibility between 300m and 5000m in the last 24hrs,” the advisory reads.

The statement clarified that due to strong winds, the dust in suspension could propagate to some states in the northern part of the country.

NiMet, therefore, implored the public to take necessary precautions, even as it advised airline operators to be abreast with current weather reports for effective scheduling of flights.





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