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NiMet alerts Airline Operators on poor visibility due to dust haze, assures updates

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Airline operators have been urged by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, to avail themselves of weather reports from the agencyy for effective planning in their operations.

This is because of possible deterioration in visibility as a result of observed dust haze propagated into the country from the source region.


In a release signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NiMet, Muntari Yusuf Ibrahim,  weather reports indicate favourable conditions for further Dust-Haze propagation into the nation, which will worsen horizontal visibility.


“Niger (Maine-Soroa, Goure, Maradi , N-guigmi, Diffa, 61091, Bila and Agadez) and Chad (Faya-Largeau and Ndjamena) have both reported Dust-Haze with poor horizontal visibility”. According to NiMet, in the next few hours, strong winds at 800m are expected to spread more dust into the country thus causing deterioration in horizontal visibility.


While in the next 24 hours, there are prospects of Thick Dust Haze (In poor horizontal visibility, less than 1000m) over Katsina, Kano, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Borno, Adamawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and Kaduna states; while Northcentral states are expected to report Moderate Dust-Haze (visibility of 2–5km). This weather condition is expected to persist for the next 72hours.

The Agency assures that its Central Forecast Office (CFO) will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates when necessary
It therefore advises members of the public to take necessary precautions due to dust particles presently in suspension over the atmosphere.

Also, Individuals with respiratory ailments are advised to protect themselves as the current weather condition is not good for their health. Night-time cold temperatures should be expected so warm clothes are advised for little children.

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