NiMet predicts heavy, moderate rainfall in Rivers, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, others

* Advises public to take necessary safety precautions

By Nudoiba Ojen

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted heavy rainfall in 14 states this week.

The agency said also that no fewer than 18 others would experience moderate to heavy rainfall while there would be low rainfall in four others within the period.

It stated, “There are prospects of flash floods on roads, bridges and low-lying areas which can disrupt vehicular traffic. The public is advised to take necessary safety precautions; do not walk through fast-flowing runoff waters”.

The forecast is valid for seven days from 18th June to 24th June 2024.

This is contained in the weekly weather forecast bulletin on Tuesday by NiMet.

The bulletin reads: “During the week, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is expected to be strong within the week over the West African region.

“Good moisture influx and velocity divergence is expected to enhance the prospects of heavy rainfall over parts of Niger, Plateau, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Delta, Imo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ekiti and Osun states.”

The agency also highlighted some states that would experience moderate to heavy rainfall.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall is anticipated over parts of Zamfara, Kano, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos, Edo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra states.”

It predicted low rainfall over parts of Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa and Yobe States, adding that the rest of the country should experience low to moderate rainfall.

The agency warned that the heavy rainfall in some parts of the country could lead to flash floods.

The agency also predicted the maximum and minimum temperature that would be witnessed by various states this week.

It stated that the maximum temperature range of 35 – 40oC is anticipated over parts of Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe and Borno states.

“Temperature range of 30 – 35oC is expected over parts of Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, Lagos, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The rest of the country is expected to experience a temperature range of 25 – 30oC.”

According to NiMet, the minimum temperature range of 15 – 20oC is expected over parts of Plateau states.

A temperature range of 25 – 30oC is anticipated over parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe and Borno states. However, temperatures 20 – 25oC and above are expected over the remaining parts of the country.

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