The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has alerted the public on the possibility of deterioration of visibility in some northern states as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country from the source region.
According to a release from the agency, “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 a 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 signed by the General Manager, of Public Relations, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, revealed that due to strong winds, the dust in suspension is expected to propagate to some states in the northern part of the country, which will further reduce horizontal visibility.
The release further disclosed that there were prospects of Dust Haze (in moderate to poor horizontal visibility) over the northern parts of the country, especially over Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa Potiskum, and Maiduguri in the next 24 hours.
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.
Airline operators are also advised to avail themselves of weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.”