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Prepare For Three Days of Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, NiMet Issues Advisory

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Living up to its growing status as the foremost weather agency in Africa,  Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has forecast varying degrees of rainfall across the country in the next three days starting from Tuesday August 17th, 2021 through Thursday 19th August 2021NiMET in a five-page document titled: Impact-Based Weather Forecast issued today 16th August, 2021 and valid for 17th, 18th and 19th August, 2021 gave highlights on what the next three days may hold for certain states in the federation and advised nationals to be prepared for the impact.

The highlights of the document read,”During the forecast period (the next three days), heavy rainfall is expected over Southern Kebbi, western Niger, northern Katsina, eastern Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, western Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, eastern FCT and Kwara State.”

It read further,” There are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall over parts of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Lagos, Delta and Bayelsa State However, light rains are expected over the rest of the country .

Prof. Mansur Matazu
DG, NiMet

NiMET in the advisory further said ,”Due to the heavy rainfall expected over Southern Kebbi, western Niger, northern Katsina, eastern Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, western Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, eastern FCT and Kwara State there are increased chances of flash flood events on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges which can disrupt vehicular traffic and reduce visibility.

“Hence, the public is advised to exercise restraint when going out, keep monitoring the situation, avoid low-lying areas and fast flowing runoff waters. Also, there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall events especially during the first and the third days, which can reduce horizontal visibility, increasing the likelihood of cars skidding off the road and chances of car crashes, and likely delays in flight operations.

“Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazard.

The agency however assured that no hydrometeorological hazards are anticipated elsewhere.

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NiMet warns of Imminent Temperature Across Northern States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has in its ‘High-temperature outlook’ issued yesterday in Abuja predicted that most parts of the northern region will experience temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C between November 30 and December 1. Pervade

It also stated that northeast – Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, the eastern part of Jigawa, Northern Adamawa, and Northern Taraba are all expected to have temperatures in the excess of 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, the western part of Zamfara, and the Eastern half of Kebbi, in the North East, are all expected to experience temperatures in the excess of 35°C during the forecast period.

In the central part of the country, Niger, Northern part of Kwara, west of FCT, southern Plateau, northeast of Kogi, and northwest of Benue are all expected to experience high temperatures.

In its forecast for December 1, the agency predicted high-temperature greater than 40°C over parts of Niger State.

However, other parts of Niger, FCT, northern Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, and eastern Plateau in the central states are expected to experience temperatures above 35°C.

Similarly, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara in the northwest as well as northern Jigawa,  southern Yobe, Borno, Gombe, eastern Bauchi, northern Adamawa, and northern  Taraba in the northeast is expected to record temperatures greater than 35°C.

Also, parts of Ogun State in the southwest could experience 35°C.

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NiMet predicts 3-day cloudiness, sunshine from Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days cloudiness and sunshine from Friday to Sunday.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on  in Abuja,  predicted cloudy skies with spell of sunshine over the northern region, with thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna State in the morning hours on Friday.

According to it, thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba,  and Adamawa  later in the day.

“Cloudy skies are further anticipated over the North central states during the morning hours,  with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Benue, Kogi, Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara .

 are still prospects of rains over parts of Plateau, Kwara, Niger,  and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ Inland and coastal cities of  South are expected to be under cloudy skies with rains over parts of Delta, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers state during morning hours, “ it said.

The agency forecast moderate rains over most places in the afternoon and evening hours.

According to it, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba in the morning hours on Saturday.

It predicted the rest of the northern region to be under cloudy skies.

It further predicted thunderstorms over parts of Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna state in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Cloudy skies are anticipated over the North central region in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Thunderstorms are likely, over parts of Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory in the afternoon and evening hours.

“Inland and coastal cities of South are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning hours,  with chances of moderate rains over parts of Delta, Enugu, Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Imo, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa , “ NiMet said.

It envisaged moderate rains over parts of Ekiti, Enugu, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Delta, Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers in the afternoon and evening hours.

NiMet predicted cloudy skies with interval of sunshine over the northern region, with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto and  state  in the morning hours on Sunday.

According to it,  are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Katsina, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kano and  state later in the day.

“The North central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory,  during the morning hours.

“Thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory during the afternoon and evening hours.

“ The inland cities of the South  be predominantly cloudy while moderate rains are expected over parts of Imo, Osun, Ondo, Delta, Lagos and Rivers in the morning hours, “ it said.

The agency anticipated chances of rains over parts of Edo, Enugu, Delta, Osun, Imo and across the coastal belt later in the day. (NAN)

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NiMet Warns of Serious Flooding in 34 States

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned of impending heavy rainfall and flooding in 34 States over the next three days and has advised people to avoid certain areas. 

Within the next three days, “heavy rainfall” is expected over parts of Katsina, Jigawa, Niger, eastern Kogi, Nasarawa, western Benue and Cross River, NiMet said in a statement on Monday.

“There are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Akwa Ibom from Wednesday to Friday” the agency noted.

On the other hand, “moderate rainfall” might fall in parts of Rivers, Kwara, the FCT, Delta and northern Kaduna, the agency said.

Other parts of the country are expected to experience light rainfall, it added in its weather outlook Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding over roads, low-lying settlements, streams and river channels,” NiMet said.

“Possible disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, possible disruption in flight operations, damage to mud houses and makeshift structures, possible damage to roads and bridges.

“Thus, the public is advised to exercise restraint, avoid low-level areas and fast flowing runoff waters. Emergency agencies are to be prepared for any eventualities. Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazards.”

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