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North-Central states, others to experience delayed rainfall in 2024: NiMet

NiMet anticipated that other parts of the country would likely observe normal to above-normal annual rainfall amounts.

• February 20, 2024
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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted a delay of 2024 rains onset in some parts of the country, especially the North-Central states.

This is contained in 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) documents by NiMet presented to the public on Tuesday in Abuja by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

According to the document, NiMet said normal onset is likely to occur over the northern states, while Borno and Abia states are predicted to have an early onset compared to their long-term averages.

“An early end of the season is predicted for parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Ogun, and Lagos states.

“However, a late cessation is predicted over the southern states of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ekiti, and parts of Edo, Delta, Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, FCT, Niger, and Kaduna.

“The annual rainfall amount is predicted to be below normal over parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Kebbi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Bayelsa states when compared to their long term normal,” NiMet said.

However, the agency anticipated that other parts of the country would likely observe normal to above-normal annual rainfall amounts.

It predicted most parts of the country could experience a shorter length of season, while Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom are likely to experience a longer length of season when compared with their mean.

According to NiMet, normal to shorter seasons will likely occur in other parts of the country.

SCP 2024 document contains detailed predictions for temperature in the first five months of the year.

It also contains the predictions for the dry spell, little dry season, malaria, and meningitis.

The predictions are accompanied by explicit details, especially focusing on the socio-economic implications associated with each projection. 

(NAN)

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