The Central Forecast Office (CFO) of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT) has in its weather forecast warned against poor visibility in the coming days as a result of dust haze.
In a statement released by NiMeT, it said the dust haze will intensify before the end of the day over most of the northern cities, as a result of fresh dust plumes raised at the dust source, Faya Largeau, Chad Republic. It is expected to advect into the country and reduce horizontal visibility.
“Dust hazes are expected to intensify before the end of the day over most northern cities [and] horizontal visibility should further deteriorate from 0600 local time, from December 15, 2021, keeping visibilities to 1000m and below over places like Maiduguri, Nguru, Potiskum, Futse, Gombe, Yola, Bauchi, Katsina, Kano and Kaduna.
“High temperatures between 35°C and 40°C are expected over parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna and Zamfara in the northwest. Similarly, in the northeast, temperatures greater than 35°C and less than 40°C are expected over parts of Taraba and Adamawa. In the north-central, parts of Niger, Kwara, Kogi, FCT, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi and Plateau are also expected to experience 35°C and less than 40°C.
“Areas in the south that are expected to record the same temperature range (35°C and less than 40°C) include parts of Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Cross River.
“Flight operations may be disrupted and airline operators are advised to pick up their flight folders and adhere to regulations, especially at aerodromes in the northern parts of the country, while road users should exert caution while driving in areas with poor visibility during this period and people with respiratory problems should take caution.
“Nigerians are advised to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, avoid leaving humans or animals in the car, especially young children.
“People should stay in the shade such as under trees if you have to wait outside, Wear light and bright clothing, avoid wearing dark colours,” the statement advised.