The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has revealed that the prevailing weather pattern in Nigeria would cause an above-normal rainfall in about 19 states between August and October this year.
Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) disclosed this to journalists at a press briefing in Abuja.
He stated that above-normal rainfall conditions were expected in the northern states of Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, much of Kebbi and Gombe, as well as northern Kaduna and Adamawa states.
He said, “Normal to above normal rainfall conditions are expected over most parts of the South-Western states including 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, and parts of Bauchi, Gombe, and Ondo.
“Normal to below normal conditions is expected over the South-South and the inland states such as Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu states.”
According to Matazu, the agency was aware of the recent devastations caused by heavy rainfall in some states, stressing that the high-intensity rainfall was due to the changing weather conditions as earlier predicted by NiMet.
He explained that the role of the agency in flood management, caused by heavy rains, was to ensure continuous observation and monitoring of rainfall events across the country.