NiMet: Harmattan starts in the North, airlines, motorists get alert of low visibility

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet has alerted the public of the possible commencement of the dry season otherwise called the harmattan season in most parts of the north.

This follows weather report of observed movement of dust plumes from the source region of Niger and Chad where dust haze and haziness, in relatively low visibility are expected in the country within the next 24 hours.

In a statement, issued by NiMet GeneralManager, Public Relations Muntari Ibrahim yesterday indicates that  in the next 24 hours, there will be dust haze in moderate horizontal visibility of 2000m – 5000m over Maiduguri, Yobe, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi and Jigawa States, while other northern states including North-central could report sunny and haxy visibility of 5–7km. 

According to him, it is expected that this weather condition will persist for the next 3 days and observed gradual increase of the Day-Time Temperature.

As the dry season begins, NiMet advises stakeholders and the general public that  places where visibility is impaired by Dust Haze, motorists should drive cautiously. 

While people with respiratory issues are to apply necessary caution, especially for out-door activities.  

Airline operators are also advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet offices for effective planning of their operations, stressing that with the warmer temperatures, there are higher chances of clear air turbulence.

“During the dry season, there could be increased chances of bird strike due to influx of migratory birds. This constitutes hazard to flight operations”. 

Motorists are also advised to adhere to recommended tyre pressure by the manufacturers especially during the hot days to safeguard against tyre burst. With reduced visibilities, flight delays or cancellations, in compliance with safety regulations may not be unexpected. 

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