The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) says, the late cessation of the rainy season being experienced in Abuja and parts of the Central states is as predicted in the 2021 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP).
The Director General of NiMET Prof. Mansur Matazu said there was no cause for worries as this was not the only time the country was witnessing late cessation of rain.
According to Prof. Matazu, Cessation was expected to occur in mid to late November across the Area Councils as contained in the 2021 SCP.
“As expected the la lina Enso phase favours enhanced rainfall and delayed cessation in some parts of the country”.
He noted that in 2019 Abuja and environs recorded rainfall till 12th November, adding that, the event was not new as being experienced as a similar occurrences took place in 2012 and 2014.
The NiMET boss attributed the current event to high variability in the rainfall pattern as a result of climate change.
“This current events in the recent past can be attributed to high Variability in our rainfall pattern which is linked to Climate change”.”The ENSO phase had shifted to LA Nina which favours late cessation of rains in the country”.