The present dust haze being experienced across the north and central regions of the country which resurfaced on Thursday 25th of March, 2021 is as a resukt of the midlatitude wave that strenghtened the surface pressure.
A statement by the General Manager public relations NiMet, Muntari Ibrahim says it was anticipated by the CFO in its weather outlook issued on Monday 22nd of March, 2021.
“The dust event is as a result of the passage of the midlatitude wave which helped in strengthening the surface pressure over the Sahara Desert region.”
According to Ibrahim, this activity resulted in the strengthening and intensification of the Saharan high pressure cell, which progressively pushed down the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity ,ITD, from a latitudinal position of 10.8 degrees north on Wednesday 24th to 7.8 degrees north on Tuesday 30th of March, 2021.
NiMet disclosed that the dust situation is expected to persist till Thursday 1st of April when the Saharan high pressure belt is projected to weaken and horizontal visibilities should improve to between 1-3 kilometers over the extreme north.
Following this, the region is then expected to experience sunny and slightly hazy conditions over the northern cities, while cloudiness to the south and parts of the central region.
NiMet also revealed that the implication of this is that Nigerians should expect flight operations to run smoothly without fear of delay or cancellation from Thursday 1st April, 2021 over the extreme north.
While assuring the general public and indeed travelers of continuous update of the weather condition as it unfolds, NiMet wishes them a happy Easter celebration.