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NiMet warns of dust haze, reduced visibility on Christmas, Boxing Day

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has released its weather forecast across the festive season, especially, December 24, 25 and 26, 2023.

The weather outlook, issued by the agency’s Central Forecast Office (CFO) on December 23, 2023 is valid from 00:00 on December 24 to 23:59 on December 26, 2023.

According to the forecast outlook, on Sunday December, moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2 – 5km is expected over the North and North Central region, throughout the forecast period. Sunny and hazy atmosphere is expected over the inland cities of the South during the forecast period. Partly cloudy skies in hazy atmosphere is envisaged over the coastal cities of the South with slim prospects of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states during the afternoon and evening period.

On Christmas Day, there will be moderate dust haze as well, with horizontal visibility of 2 – 5km over the North, the North Central and the inland areas of the South during the forecast period. Patches of clouds in hazy atmosphere is anticipated over the coastal cities of the South during the forecast period.

On December 26, moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2 – 5km is expected over the North and the North Central region during the forecast period. It should be mostly sunny and hazy over the inland areas of the South throughout the forecast period.

Few clouds in hazy atmosphere is expected over the coastal cities of the South with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states in the afternoon/evening period.
Explaining potential impact of the weather, NiMet said that dust particles are in suspension, public should take necessary precautions, and people with asthma and other respiratory issues should be cautious of the present weather situations.

Airline operators are advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.