NiMet EXPLAINS PREVALENT HAZY WEATHER CONDITION: 1/4/2021

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has given reasons for the present hazy weather conditions being experienced over the north and central parts of the country in the last few days.
According to a release from the Central Forecast Office, CFO, of the Agency in Abuja, the present dust haze being experienced across the north and central regions of the country resurfaced on Thursday 25th of March, 2021 as anticipated by the CFO in its weather outlook issued on Monday 22nd of March, 2021.
The dust event is as a result of the passage of the midlatitude wave which helped in strengthening the surface pressure over the Sahara Desert region.
The release disclosed that this activity resulted in the strengthening and intensification of the Saharan high pressure cell, which progressively pushed down the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity ,ITD, from a latitudinal position of 10.8 degrees north on Wednesday 24th to 7.8 degrees north on Tuesday 30th of March, 2021.
NiMet disclosed that the dust situation is expected to persist till Thursday 1st of April when the Saharan high pressure belt is projected to weaken and horizontal visibilities should improve to between 1-3 kilometers over the extreme north.
Following this, the region is then expected to experience sunny and slightly hazy conditions over the northern cities, while cloudiness to the south and parts of the central region.
The release revealed that the implication of this is that Nigerians should expect flight operations to run smoothly without fear of delay or cancellation from Thursday 1st April, 2021 over the extreme north.
While assuring the general public and indeed travelers of continuous update of the weather condition as it unfolds, NiMet wishes them a happy Easter celebration.
Siged: Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim
General Manager, Public Relations
March 30th, 2021

FORECAST OUTLOOK: For Thursday 1/4/2021

Dust haze with visibility values ranging between 2-5Km is expected over the northern part of the country particularly Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Yola, Borno and Yobe throughout the forecast period.
Dust haze with visibility values ranging between 1-3Km is expected over the North central part of the country particularly Kwara, Niger, Kogi, Benue, Plateau and Abuja. The inland cities of the south are expected to be hazy with patches of clouds during the forecast period.
There are prospects of isolated thunderstorms over the Coastal part of the country particularly Eket, Calabar and coast of Bayelsa state during the afternoon and evening hours.

Forecast Outlook: For Tuesday 30/3/2021

WEATHER UPDATE:
Thick dust haze with visibility of less than or equal to 1000m is expected over the Northern region in places like Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe,Taraba, Borno and Yobe state.
The North central region will experience thick dust haze with visibility of less than or equal to 1000m in places such as Kwara, Niger, Abuja and Plateau throughout the forecast period.
The Inland cities of the south should be in dust haze over places like Ondo, Oyo, Enugu and Edo with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Ondo during the afternoon and evening hours.
There are prospects of dust haze over the Coastal belt with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Cross river during the afternoon and evening period.

Forecast Outlook: Friday 26/03/2021

Dust haze with visibility values ranging between 1-3km is expected over Kano, Katsina, Nguru, Yola, Kaduna, Jalingo and Kebbi with prospects of thick dust haze in visibility below 1000m expected over Borno. Sokoto is expected to be in sunny and dry conditions in the morning  with chances of dust haze in the evening with deteriorating visibility of less than 50000m.

The North Central Cities should be in partly cloudy skies during morning hours as well as in the afternoon and evening hours. There are prospect of thunderstorms in the morning over parts of Obudu and Calabar, while thunderstorms are anticipated over Ekiti and Ondo in the afternoon/evening hours.

The remaining parts of South West and South East are expected to in partly cloudy to cloudy skies during the afternoon and evening hours