As expected thunderstorms loom over the Lagos area, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has unveiled a weather forecast that spans from Monday to Wednesday, covering various regions of the country.
On Monday, dust haze is expected to envelop Kano, Jigawa, and Yobe, with visibility ranging from 2km to 5km. Furthermore, morning thunderstorms are anticipated in certain areas of Taraba. Over the course of the day, Kano, Jigawa, and Yobe will continue to experience dust haze with isolated cloudiness expected in Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, and southern Borno.
In the North Central region, the morning hours will bring cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine and the possibility of a few thunderstorms in Nasarawa, Kogi, and the FCT. As the day progresses, thunderstorms are expected in Kogi, the FCT, Kwara, and Plateau.
In the southern region, the morning forecast includes cloudy skies with a likelihood of thunderstorms in parts of Ogun, Cross River, Bayelsa, Lagos, and Akwa Ibom. Later in the day, thunderstorms with rain are predicted in parts of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Imo, Abia, Rivers, Delta, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom.
For Tuesday, the northern region will see sunny and hazy conditions throughout the day, with the possibility of thunderstorms in some areas of Taraba, Adamawa, and Borno.
The North Central region will experience cloudy skies with sunshine intervals in the morning, along with the potential for morning thunderstorms in the FCT, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, and Kogi. Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected in parts of Niger, Kogi, the FCT, and Kwara.
In the southern region on Tuesday, the morning will bring cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine and the possibility of thunderstorms in Edo, Cross River, Bayelsa, and Akwa Ibom. Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected in parts of Ondo, Oyo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, and Lagos States.
Moving to Wednesday, dust haze is foreseen in the northern parts of the country. In the North Central region, the morning is expected to be cloudy with intervals of sunshine, and there’s a chance of thunderstorms in Kwara, Nasarawa, and the FCT. The southern region will start the day with cloudy skies and intervals of sunshine, but later in the day, thunderstorms are anticipated in parts of Oyo, Ogun, Imo, Abia, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa.
It’s important to note that moderate to heavy rainfall may lead to flash floods, so caution is advised, and people are encouraged to avoid driving or walking through floodwaters. Strong winds may precede and accompany thunderstorms, prompting citizens to take necessary safety precautions. NiMet also urged disaster risk managers, agencies, and individuals to be proactive in order to prevent loss of lives and property during the rainy season.
Furthermore, NiMet advised airline operators to regularly access weather reports and alerts for effective planning of their operations.