The Nigeria Meteorological Agency announced on tuesday that there will be poor horizontal visibility across the country in coming days and this will cause flight cancellations and delays at the various airports, stating that fresh dust plume would propagate into Nigeria and this would deteriorate horizontal visibilities across the country.
In a statement issued in Abuja, NiMet said that a considerable amount of dust had been released into the atmosphere over the source region in southern Chad and the Niger Republic.
NiMet said: “The expected state of the atmosphere in the coming days will likely disrupt flight operations. Cancellation and delay of flights at some airports across the country are anticipated especially over the Northern cities.
“Road users are also advised to exercise caution and avoid over speeding especially during early morning period when horizontal visibility is impaired by fog, mist or dust haze. Due to increased concentration of dust, people allergic to dust are advised to take necessary precautions, reduce their exposure to dust and take their medications to alleviate its effect on their health.”
“A fresh dust plume is expected to propagate into the country in the next 24 hours and this will further deteriorate horizontal visibilities across the country. Combined with the dust already in suspension for the past two days, further deterioration in horizontal visibilities to values below 1000m is expected especially over the northern parts of the country.
“Southward transportation of the dust is anticipated to further deteriorate the horizontal visibility over the central states and the southern cities in dust haze condition with visibility ranging from 1500 – 5000m. Some cities over these regions are expected to have visibility less than 1000m.”
The agency said it would continue to monitor the weather and keep the public updated by providing a daily weather forecast.