The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a weather forecast predicting thunderstorms and periods of cloudiness across most parts of Nigeria from Tuesday, 12 to Thursday 14 September, 2023.
According to the weather outlook released by NiMet in Abuja, the northern region can expect a mixture of cloudy skies and intervals of sunshine on Tuesday. However, some areas in Adamawa, Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, and Kaduna states may experience thunderstorms during the morning hours.
“Further into the day, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna states,” NiMet said.
In the North Central region, there are expected thunderstorms during the morning hours in parts of Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, and Benue states, followed by thunderstorms in parts of Plateau, the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara, Niger, and Nasarawa states later in the day.
Across the inland states of the South and the coastal states, a cloudy weather pattern is anticipated. There is a possibility of morning thunderstorms in parts of Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Cross River states. In the later part of the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Imo, Abia, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo, Anambra, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Lagos, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Akwa Ibom states.
NiMet‘s Wednesday forecast includes cloudy skies in the northern region with periods of sunshine. There is a chance of morning thunderstorms in parts of Adamawa, Taraba, and Gombe states. Additionally, thunderstorms are expected later in the day in parts of Bauchi, Kaduna, and Zamfara states.
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In the North Central region, a cloudy atmosphere is expected with morning thunderstorms in parts of Niger, Kogi, and Benue states.
“Later in the day, thunderstorms are envisaged over parts of Plateau, the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa states,” NiMet said.
Cloudy conditions are expected over inland cities in the South and along the coastal belt, with the possibility of morning thunderstorms in Enugu, Awka, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos states.
NiMet has forecasted thunderstorms and rainfall later in the day for areas in Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Edo, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, Lagos, Delta, and Akwa Ibom states. On Thursday, NiMet predicts partly cloudy skies in the northern region during the morning, with a chance of thunderstorms in parts of Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Katsina states. Additionally, the North Central region is expected to have a cloudy atmosphere with the possibility of morning thunderstorms in some areas of Kogi and Benue states.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Niger, the Federal Capital Territory and Plateau states.
”Cloudy atmosphere is expected over the inland cities of the South and the coastal states with few thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states in the morning hours.
“Later in the day, thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Enugu, Ekiti, Osun, Edo, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states,” it said.
NiMet has cautioned that the possibility of moderate to heavy rainfall may result in flash floods. The public is strongly advised to exercise caution, refrain from driving or walking through floodwaters. Additionally, citizens are urged to take necessary safety measures, as strong winds are expected to precede and accompany the thunderstorms.
”Disaster Risk Managers, Agencies and individuals should be proactive, to avert loss of lives and
property during the rainy season.
“All Airline operators are advised to avail themselves of weather reports and alerts periodically from NiMet for effective planning for their operations.”