The Nigerian Meteorological Agency has issued a warning to both airline operators and the general public regarding an imminent thick dust haze that may result in reduced horizontal visibility within the upcoming 24 hours.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the agency clarified that the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity, presently situated around 9.60N Lat, is anticipated to shift slightly southward within the next 24 hours.
The advisory highlighted that wind conditions exceeding 10 meters and 925hPa (700m) are conducive to the spread of dust haze into the northern region of the country.
”Stations in the source region (Sahara desert) from Chad (Faya-Largeau, Bol-Berim, Mongo, Abeche and Ndjamena) and sources from Niger, which shares a border with Northern Nigeria (Diffa, Maine-Soroa, Goure, Bila, Maradi, Zinder and Birni-n-Konni), have been reporting dust-haze in poor horizontal visibility between 300m and 5000m in the last 24hrs,” the statement added
NiMET disclosed that owing to robust winds, airborne dust is anticipated to extend to several northern states, leading to a likely decline in horizontal visibility across the northern regions. Specifically, areas such as Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Potiskum, and Maiduguri are expected to experience this within the next 24 hours.
Consequently, the agency recommended that individuals take essential precautions due to the presence of suspended dust particles in the atmosphere. However, NiMET cautioned individuals with asthma and respiratory conditions to steer clear of the current weather conditions.
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