The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has raised concern over an impending dust haze that is expected to deteriorate visibility across the country in the coming days.
The organization also emphasized how important it is for airline operators to stay vigilant and use NiMet‘s weather reports to help them plan their operations.
The agency revealed the following in a statement on Wednesday night that was signed by Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim, the general manager:
“Winds over 10m and 925hPha are favourable for Dust-Haze propagations into the Northern parts of the country.
“Stations in the source region, Niger –Goure, Zinder, Maine-Soroa, Diffa, N-Guigmi and 61091, reported horizontal visibility between 800m and 6000m. The sources from Chad are expected to report poor horizontal visibility in the next 24 hours, based on available models”.
Further explanation was provided in the statement, which said that strong winds are expected to cause the dust in suspension to spread to some northern states. This will further reduce horizontal visibility over the next 24 hours, particularly over Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Potiskum, and Maiduguri.
As a result, NiMet advises the public to take the appropriate safety measures because dust particles are currently suspended in the atmosphere.
“Individuals with respiratory ailments are 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.
“NiMet will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary”, NiMet added.