The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted below normal to above normal rainfall in the months of August, September and October (called ASO season), across the country.
Its Director-General, Prof. Mansur Matazu, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, quoted the agency as predicting above normal rainfall conditions over the northern states like; Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigwa, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi.
NiMet further predicted normal rainfall conditions over Kebbi, Gombe, northern Kaduna and Adamawa.
“ Normal to above normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the Southwestern states like Lagos, Ogun, Osun, much of Oyo, Ondo, parts of Ekiti and Edo .
“Normal rainfall conditions are expected in the central states, most of Kaduna, Adamawa, Edo, Ekiti, Oyo, parts of Bauchi, Gombe and Ondo.
“Normal to Below normal conditions are expected over the South-South and the inland states such as Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu, “ it said.
The agency said it would continue observing and monitoring rainfall events across the country and for forecasting of various rainfall events on different time scales and lead times.
It further said it would keep rendering provision of early warning products and services and timely dissemination of vital information and advisory services on weather and climate related events.
NiMet said that it would keep up its constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders for adequate uptake and utilisation of weather, water and climate in formation.
The agency advised states and National Emergency Management Agencies to intensify adaptation, mitigation and response mechanisms.
It further advised states that were expected to experience varying degrees of flood episodes to begin their awareness campaigns through field extension workers for possible response activities especially at the high risk areas.
According to it, measures to prevent mud-like disasters by relevant authorities especially in the South East are advised to be put in place.
It urged the public to heed to other advisories by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and NEMA.
By Gabriel Agbeja