NiMet Forecasts Early Rains in Borno, Abia, Akwa Ibom with Delayed Onset in North Central States 

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) released its 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), revealing delayed rains in North Central states.

Unveiled by Minister Festus Keyamo, the SCP aims to foster  sustainable development through early warnings.

NiMet predicts early onset in Borno, Abia, and Akwa Ibom compared to long-term averages. Meanwhile, a late cessation is expected in southern states.

Minister Keyamo highlighted detailed temperature predictions for the first five months, dry spell forecasts, and Malaria and Meningitis predictions.

“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.

” However, other parts of the country are likely to observe normal to above-normal annual rainfall amounts.

Annual rainfall is predicted to be below normal in some states, while others may experience normal to above-normal amounts.

The SCP, translated into local languages, aims for widespread understanding and strategic planning among stakeholders.

Special Guest of Honour, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, emphasized the importance of NiMet predictions in addressing climate change and food crises.

Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Meribole stressed the critical role of accurate atmospheric predictions in socio-economic development.

NiMet’s Director General, Prof Charles Anosike, emphasized the agency’s commitment to delivering timely and accurate predictions for national well-being.

 

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