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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery activities from Thursday to Saturday.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on Wednesday in Abuja,  predicted cloudy conditions in the morning on Thursday over the northern region, with prospects of overnight thunderstorms over Katsina, Kano, Dutse and Mambilla plateau environs.

It further predicted pockets of thunderstorms over parts of southern Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe and southern Kaduna during the afternoon, with other parts of the north expected to have patches of clouds.

The agency reported prospects of early morning thunderstorms to affect the high ground areas, places like Abuja, Lafia, Minna and their environs over the central part of the country.

According to NiMet, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Ilorin, Lokoja, Lafia, Jos and Abuja environs in the afternoon and evening period.

It envisaged a few thunderstorms over the south west inland areas, especially over Ondo, Akure and Ibadan, while the Southeast inland was expected to be cloudy in the morning hours.

The agency predicted a better prospect of isolated thunderstorms over the inland areas in the afternoon.

It forecast isolated thunderstorms over the coastal cities to affect places like Calabar, Eket, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Ijebu-Ode with prospect of thunderstorms over the coastal belt.

“ On Friday, an overnight system is expected over most places in the northern region to affect places like southern Borno, Potiskum, Dutse, Bauchi, Kaduna, Gusau and Katsina during the morning hours.

“ Pockets of thunderstorms are envisaged over the northern region, especially over parts of Gusau, Yelwa, Gombe and Yola environs during the afternoon/evening hours. Cloudy skies are envisaged over the central cities in the morning hours.

“Later in the afternoon and evening hours, isolated thunderstorms are expected over the high ground areas to affect Abuja, Minna, Lokoja and Ilorin environs,“ it said.

NiMet forecast isolated thunderstorms over parts of southwest inland areas, especially over Abeokuta, Iseyin and Benin with parts of the southwest and southeast inland to be cloudy during the morning hours.

According to the agency, the afternoon and evening period hold a better prospect of isolated thunderstorms over the inland areas of the south  especially residents in Shaki, Iseyin, Akure and Osogbo.

It envisaged the coastal cities of Calabar, Uyo, Eket, Port Harcourt, Warri and Yenegoa were to experience light thunderstorms during the morning hours with possibilities of thunderstorms over the entire region in the afternoon/evening hours.

“On Saturday, the morning hours over the north is likely to experience increased cloudiness with few thunderstorms anticipated over parts of Kebbi. Pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region during the afternoon/evening hours.

“The central region should expect cloudy atmosphere with possibilities of isolated thunderstorms over the high ground areas in the morning, however,  later in the day, there are chances of thunderstorms over most places in the region.

“ Southern parts of the country will be mostly cloudy in the morning, with prospects of thunderstorms over southeast coast. Later in the afternoon, widespread thunderstorms are anticipated across inland and its coastal areas, “ it said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

 

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NiMet predicts sunny thundery weather, May 25 to May 27

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorms across the country from Monday to Wednesday.

NiMet weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy conditions with intervals of sunshine over the northern region on Monday to Wednesday.

It also predicted chances of a few thunderstorms over Taraba, Southern Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna and Adamawa axis later in the day.

According to the agency, there are chances of morning thunderstorms over central cities like Abuja, Kogi and Nassarawa.

NiMet forecasts prospects of thunderstorms over central cities in the afternoon/evening hours with cloudy mornings over southern areas with chances of a few thunderstorms over Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Port Harcourt axis.

It further forecasts better prospects of thunderstorms over the southern region during the afternoon/evening period.

“On Tuesday, cloudy conditions are likely over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Gombe, southern Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna and Zaria in the afternoon/evening period.

“Cloudy conditions with prospects of thunderstorms over Abuja, Nassarawa, Plateau, Kogi, Niger and Kwara during the afternoon/evening period are expected.

“The southern region should be cloudy in the morning hours with the exception of Enugu, Ondo and a few cities on the coast that has chances of thunderstorms.

“More prospect of thunderstorms is expected over the region in the afternoon/evening period.’’

NiMet predicted patches of clouds with intervals of sunshine and light thunderstorms on Wednesday over the north eastern axis in the morning hours.

The agency envisaged cloudy conditions with prospects of a few thunderstorms over Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba in the afternoon/evening hours.

According to the agency, the central cities should be cloudy with possibilities of thunderstorms over Kogi, Benue and Nassarawa in the morning hours.

NiMet, however, forecast chances of thunderstorms over Nassarawa and Abuja in the afternoon/evening period with the southern region to be cloudy with prospects of thunderstorms over south east inland and coastal cities in the morning.

“In the afternoon/evening hours, thunderstorms are anticipated over most parts of the region.’’

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NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery activities Saturday to Monday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities across the country from May 23 to May 25.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on Friday in Abuja  forecast cloudy conditions over northern region in the morning hours of Saturday with prospects of overnight into early morning light thunderstorms over Yobe and southern Borno axis.

According to the forecast, during the afternoon/evening period, there are chances of increased cloudiness with slim chances of thunderstorms over parts of Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, northern Borno, Gombe and Taraba axis.

It further forecast other parts of the north to be mostly cloudy with intervals of sunshine.

“The central cities are likely to be cloudy during the morning hours.

“However, parts of Niger, Lokoja, southern Nasarawa, and Benue are expected to experience overnight into early morning thunderstorms with little rains.

“ The afternoon and evening hours hold better prospects of weather activities as isolated thunderstorms are expected over Abuja, Benue, Kogi, Niger and Kwara axis.

“The inland areas of the south and coastal belts should be predominately cloudy with few isolated thunderstorms over Ado Ekiti, Abeokuta and Ondo, Calabar, Lagos, Bayelsa, Port Harcourt and Ijebu-Ode axis during the morning period.

“Isolated thunderstorms are expected over most places in the inland and coastal areas in the afternoon/evening hours.’’

NiMet predicted Cloudy conditions with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Biu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina in the northern region during the morning hours of Sunday.

The agency also predicted isolated thunderstorms over the north to affect parts of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano and Katsina axis and environs during the afternoon/evening period.

It envisaged increased cloudiness over the central region with chances of early morning thunderstorms over parts of Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa and Jos axis.

According to NiMet, there are prospects of isolated thunderstorms over the high ground areas to affect Jos, Abuja, Kogi, Niger and Makurdi areas in the afternoon and evening period.

It further envisaged cloudy conditions over the inland cities with prospect of few thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening hours.

NiMet predicted light thunderstorms over Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Benin and Port Harcourt in the coastal region during the morning hours with isolated thunderstorm over most places in the coastal region later in the day. 

“For Monday, cloudy skies with spells of sunshine are expected over the northern region in the morning hours.

“During the afternoon and evening period,  cloudiness with spells of few thunderstorms are expected over Yelwa, Zaria, Potiskum, Nguru, Dutse, Kebbi, Jalingo and Yola.

“ The rest of the cities over this region are likely to remain cloudy with intervals of sunshine. The central region is expected to be mostly cloudy.

“ However, we anticipate isolated thunderstorms to affect parts of Abuja, Jos, Kogi and Kwara axis during the afternoon/evening period.

“ Increased cloudiness is expected over the inland and the coastal areas of the south during the morning hours with prospects of thunderstorms over the region in the afternoon and evening hours,’’ it said.

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NiMet predicts weather activities from Wednesday to Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy, thundery and sunny activities across the country from Wednesday to Friday.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja stated that a few rainfall activities were observed over the country and moisture laden winds are still above the northern region.

“For Wednesday, partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are anticipated with interval of sunshine and localised thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Southern Taraba and Adamawa in the afternoon/evening period.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are anticipated over the central cities with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Abuja, Minna, Kogi and Ilorin in the afternoon/evening period.

“Inland cities should be predominately cloudy in the morning with prospects of localised thunderstorms in afternoon/evening period.

“Cloudy mornings are anticipated over coast with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Calabar and Eket,” it said.

According to the agency, localised thunderstorms are envisaged over the region later in the day.

NiMet forecast partly cloudy to sunny conditions with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Yelwa, Kano, Kaduna, Mambilla Plateau, Southern Borno and Adamawa during the afternoon/evening period on Thursday.

The agency envisaged partly cloudy to cloudy conditions to prevail over the central, inland and coastal cities with prospects of morning thunderstorm over Calabar and Eket axis.

According to NiMet, localised thunderstorms are expected over the coast, inland and a few places within the central cities places like Abuja and Nasarawa axis in the day.

“For Friday, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected over northern region in the morning.

“However, partly cloudy conditions are likely with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Kaduna, Kebbi, Southern Borno and Adamawa during the afternoon.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are expected over the central cities with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Abuja, Jos, Kogi, Ilorin and Benue in the afternoon/evening period.

“Increase cloudiness with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Yenegoa, Ikom, Calabar and Port Harcourt are expected in the morning.

“Later in the day, localised thunderstorms should prevail over the entire region,” it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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NiMet predicts sunny, thundery weather conditions from Wednesday to Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted sunny and thundery weather activities across the country from Wednesday to Friday.

NiMet weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja,  envisaged partly cloudy to sunny condition to prevail over the northern region.

It further envisaged possible isolated cases of thunderstorms to prevail over the central, the inland cities and the coast of the south.

“For Wednesday, northern cities are expected to be in partly cloudy to sunny condition throughout forecast period while central cities are anticipated to be in partly cloudy to cloudy conditions.

It, however, predicted slim chances of afternoon thunderstorms in Lokoja.

“ Partly cloudy to cloudy morning is expected over the entire inland areas and parts of the coastal region with possibilities of isolated thunderstorms over Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa
environs.

“ Later in the day, better prospects of isolated thunderstorms are expected over the entire inland areas and wide spread of thunderstorms along the coastal cities,“ it said.

The agency predicted partly cloudy to sunny skies over the northern cities on Thursday during the day.

According to NiMet, central cities are expected to be in partly cloudy to cloudy condition in the morning hours with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Kaduna, Zaria and Jos in the afternoon/evening period.

It envisaged entire inland areas of the south and coastal cities to be cloudy in the morning hours with better prospect of isolated thunderstorms over entire inland areas during the afternoon and evening period.

NiMet predicted thunderstorms over southwest coastal areas in the morning while the southeast coast would  be in cloudy morning.

It forecast chances of isolated thunderstorms across the inland and its coastal region later in the day.

“For Friday, sunny to partly cloudy weather condition is envisaged over the northern cities throughout the forecast time.

“In the morning hours, partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are expected over the central cities.

“ Further into the day, most places will be cloudy, with chances of isolated thunderstorms in cities like Kwara, Nassarawa, FCT, Makurdi, Taraba, Yelwa and Niger.

“The inland areas of the south and the coastal cities are expected to be in cloudy conditions in the morning hours, but there are chances of isolated thunderstorms over the southeast coast in the morning.

“ Also, with better prospects of isolated thunderstorms over the entire inland areas of the south and coastal cities during the afternoon and evening period“ it said

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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NiMet predicts cloudy, sunny activities from Wednesday to Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy, sunny and thundery activities from Wednesday to Friday across the country.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja, stated there had been continuous influx of moisture in the past couple of days culminating to increased cloudiness and thundery activities over most places in the country.

Also the influx of moisture is increasing, especially over the north and south, although with a little respite today (Tuesday) with isolated thunderstorms currently experienced over Jos and Kaduna axis.

“ Partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected over the entire northern region during the morning hours on Wednesday with partly cloudy to sunny condition is expected to persist later in the day.

“ There are prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Kaduna, Yelwa, Gombe and Bauchi and over southern Borno and southern Yobe where increased cloudiness could lead to isolated thundery activities with little or no rainfall.

“ Partly cloudy to cloudy atmosphere is expected in the morning over central region. There are prospects of isolated thunderstorms to affect parts of Jos, Abuja, Ilorin, Minna, parts of Nasarawa, Benue and Kogi states in the afternoon.“

The agency also forecast the inland cities of the south and the coastal cities to be cloudy.

It further forecast prospects of isolated thunderstorms within the inland areas such as parts of Enugu, Umuahia, Owerri, Abakaliki, Ondo and Ogun while the coastal cities expected to be under thunderstorms in the afternoon.

According to NiMet, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected in the morning hours of Thursday with the northernmost part of the region is expected to be partly cloudy in the afternoon.

The agency predicted parts of Kaduna, southern Gusau, Yelwa and Mambilla Plateau to experience isolated thunderstorms while isolated thundery activities are envisaged over southern Kano, southern Katsina, Gombe, Adamawa, and Jalingo.

NiMet envisaged partly cloudy to cloudy atmosphere in the morning over central part of the country and isolated thundery activities over parts of Plateau, Nasarawa, FCT, Niger, Kwara and parts of Kogi states in the evening.

The agency predicted chances of isolated thunderstorms over Abeokuta, Ibadan, Akure, Uyo, Calabar and environs of the inland cities of south and coastal cities in the morning with the rest of the cities in the regions to be cloudy.

It envisaged high chances of widespread of thunderstorms over inland cities of southwest and entire coastal cities while southeast inland areas especially parts of Enugu and Owerri expected to be under isolated thunderstorms in the evening.

“For Friday, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected over the northern region in the morning with chances of early morning isolated thunderstorms over Yelwa, southern Jalingo and Mambilla Plateau.

“Later in the afternoon, isolated thundery activities are anticipated over places like Dutse, Gombe, Bauchi, Yola, Kano, Gusau, Zaria, Kebbi and environs while rest of the cities in the region are expected to be under partly cloudy to cloudy conditions.

“ In the central region, partly cloudy to cloudy atmosphere is to characterize the region in the morning,“ it said.

The agency said there are chances of isolated thundery activities over parts of Kogi and Nasarawa states later in the day, while isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Plateau, Abuja, Kwara and Benue states.

The agency predicted cloudy atmosphere over the entire inland while the coastal cities such as Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, and Eket will have chances of isolated thunderstorms in the early hours of the day.

It further predicted little chance of thundery activities with little or no rainfall over the southwest inland later in the day while the prospects of isolated thunderstorms to be high over southeast inland and the coast.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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NiMet predicts sunny, cloudy weather conditions from Tuesday to Thursday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny, cloudy, and thundery activities across the country from Tuesday to Thursday.

According to NiMet Weather Outlook released on Monday in Abuja, the northward pull of the inter-tropical discontinuity showed moisture influx into the country, reaching most parts of the North.

It further said there would be thunderstorm over some central cities and in the inland and coastal regions.

“For Tuesday, in the morning, the North is expected to be partly cloudy with intervals of sunshine.

“Localised thundery activity is anticipated over the North-West to affect parts of Southern Sokoto, Yelwa, and Gusau and thunderstorms over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, and Taraba during the afternoon and evening periods.

“Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected over the central cities in the morning with prospects of afternoon thunderstorm activities to affect places like Ilorin, Niger, Abuja, Northern Nasarawa, Jos, Adamawa, and Mambilla Plateau.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy condition is anticipated over inland areas of the South in the morning.

“However, during (the) afternoon and evening periods, residents of South West inland areas are expected to experience localised thunderstorm,’’ the weather forecast said.

According to it, cloudiness is envisaged over coastal cities during the morning period with light intensity of thunderstorm over the region during the afternoon and evening hours.

NiMet also forecast partly cloudy to cloudy condition over the entire Northern region in the morning hour of Wednesday, with possibilities of thundery activities over parts of the North East such as Southern Borno, Southern Jigawa, Southern Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, and Gombe later in the day.

According to the agency, partly cloudy to cloudy skies arec envisaged over the central cities in the morning, with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over the central cities to affect parts of Mambilla Plateau, Jos, Abuja, Minna, Ilorin, Kaduna, Lafia, and Yola.

It further predicted cloudy morning over inland areas and better prospect of thunderstorms over the entire region during the afternoon/evening.
NiMet envisaged possibilities of morning thunderstorms over the South West coast places like Ijebu-Ode, Ondo, Ogun and Yenegoa leaving the South East coast in cloudy conditions.

It further envisaged thunderstorm over the entire coastal states during the afternoon and evening hours.

“For Thursday, partly cloudy to cloudy condition is expected over the Northern region with chances of localised thunderstorm over the North Eastern region, especially in areas like Southern Borno in the afternoon and evening periods.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are expected over the central cities in the morning, while in the afternoon and evening periods, thunderstorms are expected over the high ground areas of the central cities as well as Mambilla Plateau.

“Cloudy conditions should prevail over the inland and coastal cities in the morning.

“As the day progresses, thunderstorms are anticipated over the entire inland and coastal cities during the afternoon and evening periods,’’ the agency said in the weather report.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

 

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NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather conditions Sunday, Monday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudy conditions over some northern states with some thunderstorm activities over the southwestern region and some central cities between Sunday and Monday.

NiMet weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja, predicted northwest region to experience partly cloudy conditions within the forecast period on Sunday, with sunny skies over northeast throughout the day.

It further predicted partly cloudy to cloudy conditions to prevail over the central cities in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over places like Adamawa, Taraba, Jos and Bauchi axis.

According to the agency, Ogun and Oyo states are likely to experience thunderstorms during the morning hours along with some coastal cities like Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Yenagoa and Calabar.

“For Monday, partly cloudy to sunny condition is anticipated over the northern region during the forecast period, with partly cloudy to cloudy conditions expected over central cities in the morning.

“The afternoon and evening period holds prospects of thunderstorms over the central cities.

“Cloudy conditions are expected to prevail over the inland and coastal cities during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are anticipated over the entire inland and coastal cities during afternoon/evening period,” NiMet predicted.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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NiMet’s training centre elected member of world meteorological organisation’s panel

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The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has elected Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet)`s Regional Training Centre (RTC) to join its Capacity Development Panel.

Prof. Sani Mashi, the Director General of NiMet, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, the agency’s General Manager of Corporate Communications.

Mashi said the panel was meant to close gap between the less developed and the developed countries.

“Amidst the COVID -19 pandemic generating gloom and doom around the world, it is worthy of note that a significant landmark has been achieved for Nigeria.

“Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Regional Training Centre, Oshodi, was elected as member of the World Meteorological Organisation’s Executive Council Capacity Development Panel (WMO-CDP).

“The work of the panel will include supporting institutional, infrastructural, procedural and human resources capacity development activities of WMO, with the intention of closing the gap between the less developed and the developed countries.

“The panel will normally meet each year and make effective use of remote coordination and collaboration,” he said.

According to him, out of the 24 meteorological RTCs in the world, NiMet is the only one elected by WMO into the 12-member panel to represent all the RTCs in the world.

“The implication of this development is that NiMet is further strengthened to assist sister meteorological institutions in Africa, particularly in the area of human and infrastructural capacity development,” he said.

The director general said that the agency’s membership of the panel would consolidate its leadership role in the continent.

Mashi said the achievement was a consequence of positive aggressive reforms championed by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, to promote the Nigerian Aviation sector.

He added that the Director of the Meteorological Regional Training Centre, Prof. Peter Odjugo, would serve as the representative of the centre in the panel.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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NiMet predicts sunny, hazy weather conditions from Saturday to Monday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and hazy weather conditions across the country from Saturday to Friday.

NiMet weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja said the dust haze condition observed over Republic of Niger on Friday had entered the northernmost cities of the northeastern flank, reducing the horizontal visibility.

According to the agency, the entrance of dust haze is expected to persist since the influx of dry northeasterly wind is anticipated to persist until the next three days.

It added that the central and the southern parts were cloudy except over the southern parts of Taraba state and the inland cities of the southeast as at 1500Z.

“For Saturday, northern cities have chances of being sunny and hazy throughout the day.

“In the morning, the central cities are expected to be cloudy except over Kwara, southern Niger and Abuja where early morning thunderstorms are anticipated.”

“However, later in the day, southern part of Nasarawa, Abuja, southern part of Niger, Kwara, Mambilla Plateau and Kogi (Lokoja) have prospects of isolated thunderstorms.

“Southern region is expected to be under cloudy conditions in morning and afternoon.

“Exception Iseyin, Warri, Asaba, Benin, Ondo, Calabar, Eket, Enugu, Umuahia, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Obudu, Ogoja and Uyo where there are chances of thunderstorms during morning.

“However, Akure and Oshogbo have chances of thunderstorms in the afternoon,” it stated.

NiMet also predicted sunny and hazy conditions over northern region on Sunday with sunny to partly cloudy condition expected in morning in central part of the country.

According to NiMet, exception is over eastern flanks, Adamawa and Taraba states, where early morning thunderstorms are anticipated.

The agency further predicted partly cloudy to cloudy atmosphere to prevail over the central part of the country later in the day.

According to NiMet, cloudy condition is to dominate the atmosphere in the morning over the southwestern part of the country while the southeastern parts is expected to have isolated thunderstorms in the morning.

NiMet, however, envisaged isolated thunderstorms over southwestern flank (inland and coastal cities) and southeastern part to be cloudy.

“Except over Warri, Yenagoa, Benin and environs where isolated thunderstorms were envisaged later in the day.

“For Monday, the northern cities are expected to be under sunny and hazy conditions throughout the day, while the central cities are expected to be under partly cloudy condition.

“Except over Yelwa, southern Kaduna, Plateau and Niger where the isolated thunderstorms are anticipated in the morning.

“The southern cities (southeastern and southwestern parts) are anticipated to experience isolated thunderstorms in the morning but later in the day, cloudy condition is expected over the entire region,” the agency said.

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NiMet predicts thundery activities from Wednesday to Friday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thundery activities across the country from Wednesday to Friday.

NiMet weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted a continuous influx of moisture laden winds extending to the north, with thunderstorms observed over Jos, Bauchi, Ilorin, southern Kaduna, Obudu and Mambila Plateau.

“For Wednesday, the northern cities are likely to be partly cloudy during the morning hours, with prospects of thunderstorms over southern Borno, Bauchi, Potiskum and Nguru axis in the afternoon/evening period.

“ Central cities are expected to be under cloudy conditions in the morning with prospects of thunderstorms over Kogi, Abuja, Minna and Ilorin axis, while thunderstorms are likely over Abuja, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa and Jalingo axis in evening.

“The Southern region is expected to be under cloudy conditions with chances of thunderstorms over places like Warri, Asaba, Benin, Ondo, Calabar, Eket and Uyo during the morning hours.

“ The region has prospects of isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours, ” the agency said.

According to NiMet, partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are anticipated over the northern region throughout the day with chances of isolated thunderstorms over places like Nguru, Yelwa and Maiduguri axis.

The body envisaged cloudy conditions with chances of thunderstorms over Jalingo, Ilorin, Minna and Bida axis during the morning hours of central cities.

It also forecast that Abuja, Lokoja and Lafia axis are likely to experience isolated thunderstorms later in the day.

NiMet envisaged cloudy morning over the inland and the coast of the southern region with prospects of thunderstorms over Akure and Enugu during the morning hours.

It further envisaged isolated thunderstorms over places like Lagos, Shaki and Calabar and their environs later in the day.

“For Friday, prospects of thunderstorms anticipated over Sokoto, Kano, Yelwa and Gusau axis of north during the morning hours with cloudy conditions expected to prevail over the region during the afternoon/evening hours.

“The central region is expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy with chances of thunderstorms over Abuja, Bauchi, Minna, Bida and Jalingo axis in the morning period.

“Isolated thunderstorms are likely over Abuja, Lokoja and Minna in evening with Cloudy condition expected over inland cities of southwest with prospects of thunderstorms over coastal belt and southeast inland in the morning,” NiMet said.

The agency also predicted isolated thunderstorm over some places in the inland and the coast of the southern region like Akure, Ibadan, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar later in the day.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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NiMet predicts cloudy, sunny weather conditions from Saturday to Monday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy, thundery, and sunny weather conditions across the country from Saturday to Monday.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook released on Friday in Abuja predicted influx of moisture-laden winds from the southern parts of the country up to the northern parts, causing an increase in moisture accumulation.

According to the forecast, there will be a few cases of thunderstorms over the central cities, inland areas

of the south, and the coastal states.

“For Saturday, the northern region is expected to be in cloudy conditions with interval of

sunny weather during morning and evening periods with exception of Mambilla Plateau, Gusau,

Yelwa, Bauchi, Jalingo, and Yola where thunderstorms are to prevail.

“Due to the influx of moisture extending to the central cities, cloudy conditions are expected over the region in the morning, with possibilities of thunderstorms over the Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, Zaria, Lafia, Makurdi,

Bida, and Lokoja axis in the afternoon/evening hours.

“Cloudy conditions are anticipated over the inland areas of the south and southwest coast with exception of Eket, Calabar, Rivers (Bonny), and Yenagoa axis where thunderstorm is expected in the morning hours.

“Later in the day, thunderstorm is anticipated over the southern region of the country in places like Lagos, Abeokuta, Akure, Ado-Ekiti, Ibadan, Oshogo, Enugu, Owerri, Akwa, and Ogoja,” the agency said.

It further forecast sunny conditions for Sunday over the northern region in the morning

with exception of Yola, Jigawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Yelwa, and Niger with thunderstorm activities

over, Bauchi and Jalingo in the afternoon/evening period.

It said the central cities would be in cloudy conditions with interval of sunny weather in the morning.

According to it, there are chances of thunderstorms over parts of Abuja, Jos, and Kaduna.

It also envisaged a cloudy morning over the southern region with prospects of thunderstorms over Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Ado-Ekiti, Oshogbo, Ondo, Enugu, Obudu, Ogoja, Ikom, Owerri, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Eket, and Calabar during the afternoon/evening hours.

“For Monday, the northern region is expected to be in cloudy conditions with interval of sunny weather during the morning and evening periods with the exception of Mambilla Plateau, Taraba (Jalingo), and Adamawa where thunderstorms are to prevail.

“While cloudy conditions with interval of sunny weather are expected over the central cities with chances of thunderstorms over Jos, Kaduna, Makurdi, Kogi, and Kwara in the afternoon/evening period, cloudy conditions should prevail over the inland and coastal cities, while thunderstorms are anticipated over Akure, Abeokuta, Ogoja, Obudu, Benin, Asaba, Owerri, Beyelsa, Calabar, Eket, and Port Harcourt during the afternoon/evening periods,” it said.

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NiMet predicts moisture laden winds, thunderstorms from Tuesday to Thursday

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Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted moisture laden winds to extend up to the northwestern region from Tuesday to Thursday.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Monday in Abuja that forecast prospects of thunderstorms, announced that series of rainfall activities would be  recorded over the inland and coastal cities of the country.

“For Tuesday, sunny conditions are expected to prevail over the north apart from Yelwa and Gusau where partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are likely during the morning hours.

“The Central cities are expected to be in partly cloudy to sunny condition in the morning hours with chances of thunderstorms over Niger, Ilorin and the high ground cities of Jos, Gombe, Abuja.

“Southern Adamawa and Southern Taraba during the afternoon/evening period.

“The morning of the inland and coastal cities should predominantly be partly cloudy to cloudy with prospects of thunderstorms over Lagos, Southern Ondo, Delta, Yenegoa and Calabar,” it said.

According to the agency, thunderstorms are also expected over the inland and coastal cities during the afternoon/evening period.

It envisaged partly cloudy conditions with intervals of sunshine expected over the northern region with prospects of thunderstorms over Yelwa and Gusau in the afternoon hours.

It forecast the central region in the morning to be in partly cloudy to sunny condition, with thundery activities over the high grounds of the central states later in the day.

NiMet predicted inland and coastal cities likely to be under cloudy conditions in the morning hours with prospect of thunderstorms over the Southeast coast.

It further predicted thunderstorms over the Southwest inland and Southeast coast during the afternoon/evening hours.

“For Thursday, partly cloudy to sunny condition should prevail over the north in the morning hours with prospect of thunderstorms over the northwest in the afternoon/evening period.

“The central cities should be mostly partly cloudy over the western flank and cloudy over the eastern flank in the morning hours while thunderstorms are anticipated during the afternoon/evening period.

“Cloudiness is anticipated over the inland and coastal cities in the morning with prospects of thunderstorms over the southeast coast in the morning hours.

“There are also prospects of thunderstorms over the coastal cities in the afternoon and evening period,” it said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery activities from Thursday to Saturday  

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery activities from Thursday to Saturday across the country.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on Wednesday in Abuja said moisture content had extended up to parts of north west region enhancing cloud to build up.

According to it, there are better prospect of rainfall activities over northern region, while rainfall activities are expected over the coastal belt of the country.

“For Thursday, cloudy conditions with spells of sunshine are expected to prevail over the north, down to the central states, apart from Mambilla Plateau and Jalingo, where thunderstorms are likely during the morning hours.

“There are chances of thunderstorms over Yelwa, Abuja, Lokoja, Sothern Kaduna, Jos, Mambilla Plateau, Jalingo and southern Borno, leaving the remaining parts of the north in cloudy to sunny conditions in the afternoon/evening period.

“It should be predominantly cloudy over the inland and coastal belt of the south in the morning hours with prospects of thunderstorms over Enugu and Calabar during afternoon/evening period,” it said.

It further said that due to the southward pull of the Inter-Tropical Discontinuity (ITD), northern parts of the country are expected to be sunny throughout the forecast moment on Friday.

It forecasts cloudy conditions with intervals of sunshine over central region in the morning and thundery activities later in the day, over high grounds of central states with chances of thunderstorms over Mambilla plateau and Jalingo.

According to the agency, the inland and coastal cities are likely to be under cloudy conditions with prospect of thunderstorms in the afternoon/evening hours.

“For Saturday, sunny conditions should prevail over northern region throughout forecast period.

“Central states are likely to be cloudy with sunshine intervals for forecast time, while cloudy conditions are envisaged over inland and coast during morning hours with prospects of some thunderstorms during afternoon/evening period,” it said.

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NiMet to intensify efforts towards providing accurate climate information

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), says it is determined to intensify efforts toward providing timely, accurate and reliable weather and climate information to guide policy and decision making.

Prof. Sani Marshi,  NiMet Director-General, said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja,

Marshi said NiMet was ready to work harder to achieve the feat by providing weather and climate advisories to its stakeholders across all sectors.

The director-general said the main aim of intensifying effort was to promote national development through accurate, timely weather and climate information.

“We do this in fulfilment of the mandates of the Agency as contained in its Establishment Act of 2003.

“ Water is one of the most precious commodities of the 21st century. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency is therefore central to efforts to count every drop because every drop of water counts in Nigeria.

“We therefore need to measure and monitor water well because it is only if we do the two that we can manage water very well. We simply cannot manage what we don’t know much about, ”Marshi said.

He said raising profile of water in the climate debate was the aim of celebrating of World Meteorological Day (WMD), and 2020 World Water Day.

“ NiMet commemorate with other bodies for this year’s celebration of World Meteorological Day with the theme: “Climate Change and Water- Count every drop, every drop Counts.

“The 2020 World Water Day and World Meteorological Day are therefore both dedicated to Climate and Water.

“By uniting the two international observances, which fall on  March 22, and March 23, respectively, the aim is to raise the profile of water in the climate debate,”  he said.

Marshi said the World Meteorological Day was being celebrated across the world by more than 190 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Member States/Countries on March 23, annually using a particular chosen theme.

He said the day was chosen in order to commemorate the coming into force on March 23, 1950 of the Convention establishing the WMO.

According to him, the celebration would showcase the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological services to the safety and wellbeing of societies in the world.

“One of the underlying messages of 2020 WMD is that we can’t manage what we don’t monitor and measure.

“Water data collection and sharing underpin hydrological monitoring and forecasting and flood and drought early warning services.

“Amid COVID-19 pandemic, estimated three billion people worldwide lack basic hand washing facilities.

“The growing demand for water increases need for energy-intensive water pumping, transportation and treatment, and has contributed to the degradation of critical water-dependent carbon sinks such as peat lands.

“ Some climate change mitigation measures, such as the expanded use of biofuels, are exacerbating water scarcity, “ he said.

He said climate and water data underpinned management of surface-water supplies and disaster risk reduction that included calculations of the frequency and duration of heavy rainfall, the probable maximum precipitation and flood forecasting.

The director-general said one of the greatest impacts of climate change was water that could pose serious threat to sustainable development and security.

Edited By: Joan Nwagwu/Donald Ugwu
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NiMet predicts more influx of moisture winds across Nigeria

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted continuous influx of moisture laden winds from the coast up to northern parts of the country on Sunday.

NiMet’s weather outlook on Saturday in Abuja forecast further cloud building up as part of weather activities.

“For Sunday, partly cloudy to Sunny conditions are anticipated over the northern region throughout the forecast period.

“The central states are likely to be partly cloudy to cloudy throughout the day with parts of Niger, Kwara and Taraba States likely to experience thunderstorms during afternoon/evening hours.

“The inland cities are expected to experience cloudy conditions during morning hours. There are better prospect of thunderstorms in some inland and coastal cities like Osogbo, Ibadan, Enugu and Owerri axis during the afternoon/evening hours,” it said.

According to NiMet, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are anticipated over northern region on Monday with prospects of thundery activities over Gusau and Yelwa axis in the afternoon/evening period.

The agency envisaged central cities likely to be under partly cloudy to cloudy conditions in the morning hours with prospect of thunderstorms over parts of Kwara, Taraba, Niger, Kaduna and Abuja, while other cities would be under cloudy conditions during afternoon/evening hours.

It predicted chances of thunderstorm over parts of the southeastern cities during the morning hours which likely to persist into the afternoon/evening hours across the southern region.

“For Tuesday, partly cloudy to sunny conditions are expected over northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Yelwa axis during morning hours.

“The region will experience partly cloudy conditions during afternoon/evening hours with prospects of thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Zamfara and Kebbi states.

“The central states are to be under cloudy conditions during morning period with prospects of thunderstorms during both morning and afternoon/evening hours.”

According to NiMet, southern states will be under cloudy conditions in the morning period while thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the southeast inland and coastal belt.

The agency further predicted that the region would experience thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening period.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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NiMet predicts increase in temperature from Wednesday to Friday

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Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted increase in temperature values across the country from Wednesday to Friday with chances of thunderstorms over some parts of the central and the southern cities.

NiMet`s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted temperature of Yelwa and Jalingo as high as 40 degree Celsius.

“ For Wednesday, sunny condition is anticipated over the northern region during the morning/evening period. Partly cloudy conditions with spills of sunshine are anticipated over the central cities during the morning/evening period.

“ Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions are likely over the inland cities of the south with chances of thunderstorm over Edo and Ondo axis during the afternoon/evening period.

“Cloudiness is expected over the coastal cities with chances of thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening period over places like Delta,“ it said.

NiMet forecast northern cities likely to remain in sunny condition on Thursday while the central cities are expected to be in partly cloudy condition during the morning/evening period.

It envisaged partly cloudy conditions over the southern cities in the morning with chances of thunderstorms over Owerri, Enugu, Ondo and Ibadan.

“For Friday, northern cities likely to remain in sunny condition while central cities are expected to be in partly cloudy condition in morning with prospect of thunderstorm over Southern Abuja, Lokoja, Kwara and Makurdi during afternoon/evening.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy condition is envisaged over the inland cities and coastal cities in the morning hours.

“Later in the day there are better prospects of thunderstorms over the inland and its coastal belt,“ it said.

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NiMet predicts increase in temperature across entire country

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Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted increase in temperatures across the entire country from Wednesday till Friday.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja forecast sunny and dry weather to continue over the northern cities.

According to the forecast, the influx of moisture into southern region as high as Lat. 9ْN has increased cloudiness over the region, with reported cases of light rains over areas within the south.

It indicated that “for Wednesday, the entire northern cities are expected to be sunny and dry during the morning/evening period, with cloudy to sunny conditions likely to prevail over central states in the morning hours.

“Due to the influx of moisture extending up to some parts of the central states, there are prospects of thunderstorms over southern Niger, Abuja and Lokoja axis in the afternoon/evening period.

“Places like Calabar, Eket and Port Harcourt of southern region are expected to experience thunderstorms, leaving the remaining parts cloudy during the morning hours.

“Later in the day, some inland cities such as Enugu, Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Benin, Ibadan, and the entire coastal cities are expected to witness isolated thunderstorms.”

NiMet envisaged northern cities likely to remain sunny and dry during the morning/evening period on Thursday, to be accompanied with increase in temperatures and high levels of discomfort.

It predicted cloudy to sunny conditions over the central cities with possibilities of thunderstorms over Kaduna, Abuja, Makurdi and Mambila Plateau during the afternoon/evening period.

“ The inland and coastal cities are expected to be cloudy during the morning hours. Later some isolated cases of thunderstorms are likely to prevail over the inland and coastal cities.

“ Dust haze condition is expected to prevail over the northern region on Friday while cloudy to sunny skies are envisaged over the central cities during the morning/evening periods.

“ A cloudy morning is expected over the inland and  coastal cities, however, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over the southwest inland and its coastal cities during the afternoon/evening period,” it predicted.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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Take NiMet’s advice on late planting, don counsels farmers

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A Professor of Agriculture at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta  (FUNAAB), Kolawole Adebayo, on Tuesday advised farmers to observe delayed planting due to inconsistent early rains.

Kolawole gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

The university teacher said that the advice became necessary to support the earlier counsel on delayed farming by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

According to him, Nigeria’s reliance on a rain-fed agriculture sector is a major reason for the delay in this year’s planting season.

“In Ogun, the state government has advised local farmers not to start the planting season, following the first two rains of the year.

“That is why we have the meteorological centres, and their general advice is that the rains we have now are temporary, and will soon stop.

“So, for a country that relies extensively on rain-fed agriculture, I believe we should just follow the advice of the meteorological services, and wait toward the end of March before commencing the planting season.”

Adebayo, however, noted that the delayed planting season would not result in food shortages in the country.

The don called on farmers with well-irrigated farms to commence the planting season.

“For farmers that have good irrigation facilities on their farms, there is nothing that stops them from commencing the planting season now.

“Alternatively, if you have a wet or swampy area, where you cultivate your crops, you can also commence your planting season.

“Even with the delayed planting season this year, we are not expecting food shortage in the country later in the year.

“I expect we will have a good agriculture yield this year because the patterns of rains have been steady in recent years.

“We have intensive dry season, and I think that is a good sign because it means that our rainy season will be more regular and more intensive, and will be of benefit  to the sector,’’ Adebayo said.

The professor also tasked local farmers on the adoption of greenhouse farming system, to tackle food insecurity issues or a weather-conditioned farming system.

Adebayo described greenhouse farming as an intensive and knowledge-based farming system.

According to him, anybody who wants to embark on it must acquire the appropriate knowledge and must have the resources to ensure that all that is needed for the set up is available.

“Greenhouses have the potentialities for crop high yields and ensure that these commodities are available all-year round.

“You will not have to rely on rainfall to practice greenhouse farming, or natural soil fertility; the farmer has to introduce artificial soil fertility to maintain the greenhouse farm.

“To run a greenhouse system of cultivation, the farmers cannot rely on farmers’ seed, but must plant hybrid seeds, and the return on this farming system is higher than the conventional farming system,’’ Adebayo said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi
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NiMet predicts sunny, hazy conditions for Tuesday, Wednesday

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The Nigerian Meteological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunny and hazy conditions over Northern region with possibilities of isolated cases of thunderstorms over central region down to coastal cities.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Monday in Abuja forecast sunny and hazy conditions over the north throughout the forecast period on Tuesday.

According to it, isolated thunderstorms are likely over Yola, Jos and Abuja during the afternoon/evening hours.

“Southern states will experience morning thunderstorms over Lagos, Ijebu-Ode, Calabar and Yenegoa axis.

“There are chances of isolated thunderstorms over the coastal belt, Enugu, Abakaliki and Obudu during the afternoon/evening hours,” it said.

NiMet envisaged sunny and hazy atmosphere over northern parts of the country on Wednesday with partly cloudy to sunny conditions over central cities in the morning hours with chances of isolated thunderstorm during evening hours.

It predicted partly cloudy to cloudy conditions over the inland in the morning with chances of thunderstorms during the afternoon/evening hours.

“Lagos is to experience thunderstorms in the morning hours with more prospects of thunderstorms over the coast during the afternoon/evening period,” it said.

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NIRSAL, NiMet sign MoU to stem risks in agriculture

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The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) to stem risks in agriculture and to boost production.

This is contained in a statement by NIRSAL Head of Corporate Communications, Anne Ihugba on Sunday in Abuja.

Speaking at the signing of the MoU, the Managing Director of NIRSAL, Aliyu Abdulhameed, was quoted as saying it was a significant step towards achieving precision agriculture in Nigeria.

He added that it marked the beginning of a strategic partnership with NiMet, which had the official mandate to provide climate and weather data services to Nigeria.

“NIRSAL envisions that this partnership will lead to the generation and provision of agro-meteorological weather information and other strategic services for supporting finance and investment decisions.

“This opens the door to the future of primary agricultural production and utilisation of meteorological data amongst other big data sets in support of increasing yield and productivity of farmers and avoidance of catastrophic weather risk events.

“Under this partnership, NIRSAL will pursue strategies to downscale the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) components like temperature, onset of rainfall and dry spells, cessation of rainfall to farmers.

“It will be an awareness campaign that will guide farmers against Pre-Onset Rainfall (false-onset).

“This partnership will go further to pursuing the development of crop-specific calendars for NIRSAL’s focus commodities to provide precise information on planting, maintenance and harvesting within the ACEAs, leveraging NiMet data,” he said.

The managing director further pointed out that NIRSAL would leverage on the partnership to recommend risk measures in places that experience severe dry spells, like Bauchi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Borno and Yobe.

He stressed that NIRSAL would use platforms like town hall meetings, radio jingles and other channels of mass communication to ensure dissemination of right information to farmers.

This, according to him, will help support activities in the upstream or farming segment of crop value chains.

Abdulhameed explained that besides the partnership with MiMet, NIRSAL had been working assiduously to structure agricultural primary production in Nigeria.

He said the formation of Agro GeoCoops as one of such efforts was based on Agro Commodity Ecological Areas (ACEA) that have been identified by NIRSAL and validated by research institutes.

According to him, Agro GeoCoops, which had commenced in earnest, was a platform that presented an organised setting for finance, market and risk management.

“With 16,000 Agro GeoCoops, 4 million hectares and 8 million farmers, we believe that sufficient logic is provided for NiMet to align its strategy for siting weather stations in those commodity ecological areas.

“This heavy lifting, which is being finalised by NIRSAL, is also a foundation for the cascading of bespoke decision support services to farmers.”

He further stressed that NIRSAL with its rich experience and presence, its tentacles reached across major agricultural zones commodity growing areas.

The NIRSAL boss noted that meteorological services had always been available, but that the structure required to make the most of them in the sector had been absent.

He assured that vital weather information that got to NIRSAL from NiMet would reach “the last inch of the last mile.”

The New Agency of Nigeria reports that NIRSAL is a 500million dollar Non-Bank Financial institution.

It is wholly owned corporation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) designed to Redefine, Dimension, Measure, Re-Price and Share agribusiness-related credit risk.

In his remarks, the Director-General, NiMet, Prof. Sani Abubakar Mashi said the partnership would enhance agricultural operations through provision of agrometeorological information in Nigeria.

He said the agency was committed to providing timely, accurate and reliable weather and climate information to guide policy and decision making.

He stressed that MiMet was committed to providing weather and climate advisories to stakeholders across all sectors including agriculture

“Considerable changes have taken place in the composition of atmospheric gases due to natural processes and human activities, such as increasing energy consumption, industrialisation, intensive agricultural practices, urban and rural development among others.

“This has led to rise in global temperature and high spatial and temporal variability.

“The changes in our climate have become more obvious in recent times following the observed anomalies in occurrence of extreme weather and climate events, which have become more frequent and result into hazards such as flooding, droughts, heat waves and increasing temperatures.

“The devastation accompanying such extreme weather events has mainly impacted on Agriculture, water resources, environment among other sectors.

“This has raised concerns in the heart of many because any threat to agriculture and environment is a threat to food and nutrition security and life in general,” he said.

Mashi further pointed out that projected impact of climate change on agricultural yields between 2003 and the 2080s reveals that Nigeria lies between -5 and -15 per cent expected production level.

According to him, this means a reduction in agricultural yields, hence the projection calls for total concern.

“Changes have also been observed in rainfall distribution patterns in Nigeria from 1951-2012 as shown in the rainfall anomaly chart with corresponding periods of occurrence of extreme rainfall events droughts and floods.”

He expressed concern that agriculture-based livelihood systems that were already vulnerable to food insecurity in Nigeria would face risk of increased crop failure, especially over vulnerable regions in the country.

He said, the partnership with NIRSAL was a perfect fit for. NiMet achieving its primary mandate of promoting climate-smart agriculture in agricultural activities.

He assured that NiMet would provide all necessary support to NIRSAL to reach as many farmers possible by designing and developing effective strategies for disseminating agrometeorological services to farmers leveraging on the latest technology.

He further promised that NiMet would be developing site for specific cropping calendars in line with focus on agricultural value chain across the country.

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