Nigerians have been warned by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) that heavy dust clouds may be arriving, which could cause horizontal visibility to deteriorate.
This was revealed by NiMet in a message that was shared on its official X account on Wednesday.
The agency emphasized that it is anticipated that the dusty haze will worsen horizontal vision across the northern regions of the country, particularly over Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Potiskum, and Maiduguri.
As a result, NiMet urged the public to exercise caution because dust particles are currently suspended in the sky.
It mentioned that individuals who have respiratory conditions, such as asthma, should be aware of the weather.
Within the following 24 hours, it is anticipated that the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity, or ITD—which is currently at roughly 9.60N Lat—will move slightly southward.
Winds over 10 m and 925 hPa (700 m) are ideal for the propagation of dust-haze into
the country’s northern regions.
“In the last 24 hours, there have been reports of dust haze and poor horizontal visibility between 300 and 5000 meters from stations in the source region (Sahara Desert) in Chad (Faya-Largeau, Bol-Berim, Mongo, Abeche, and Ndjamena) and sources from Niger, which shares a border with Northern Nigeria (Diffa, Maine-Soroa, Goure, Bila, Maradi, Zinder, and Birni-n-Konni).
It is suggested that airline operators obtain up-to-date weather forecasts from NiMet in order to plan their operations effectively. NiMet will keep an eye on the weather and issue updates as needed.