NiMET in a five paged document titled: Impact-Based Weather Forecast issued today 16th August, 2021 and valid for 17th, 18th and 19th August, 2021 gave highlights on what the next three days may hold for certain states in the federation and advised nationals to be prepared for the impact.
The highlights of the document read,”During the forecast period (the next three days), heavy rainfall is expected over Southern Kebbi, western Niger, northern Katsina, eastern Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, western Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, eastern FCT and Kwara State.”
It read further,” There are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall over parts of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Ondo, Lagos, Delta and Bayelsa State However, light rains are expected over the rest of the country .
NiMET in the advisory further said ,”Due to the heavy rainfall expected over Southern Kebbi, western Niger, northern Katsina, eastern Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, western Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, eastern FCT and Kwara State there are increased chances of flash flood events on roads, settlements, farmlands and bridges which can disrupt vehicular traffic and reduce visibility.
“Hence, the public is advised to exercise restraint when going out, keep monitoring the situation, avoid low-lying areas and fast flowing runoff waters. Also, there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall events especially during the first and the third days, which can reduce horizontal visibility, increasing the likelihood of cars skidding off the road and chances of car crashes, and likely delays in flight operations.
“Hence, the public is advised to be prepared for these events to avoid damages from rain-related hazard.
The agency said that elsewhere no hydrometeorological hazards are anticipated.