The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), says thunderstorms and other hazardous weather events are likely occur as the rainy season commences in parts of the country.

In a statement, the Agency says the expected outcome is in line with its earlier Prediction of an early onset of rainfall.

The onset is expected to start from the coastal states of Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom in early March, progressively followed by the inland states and the Central states.

The rains which are currently prevalent in the Southern parts of Nigeria and occasionally around the Central States, are usually accompanied by severe thunderstorms.

The statement notes that the recent thunderstorms recorded over parts of the coastal and inland states showed that the Agency’s prediction is accurate.

NiMet further warns that areas where thunderstorms are expected, could experience significant natural occurrences such as turbulence, lightning strikes, strong winds, heavy rainfall, downdraught, microburst, and hailstones all of which could pose threats to safety of lives and property.

According to the statement, thunderstorms are more hazardous to the aviation industry, particularly for aircraft operations and passengers causing delays, diversion and cancellations of flights.

The Agency however, assures that it has installed weather monitoring systems, thunder detectors, satellite receiving ground-stations and Automatic Weather System in airports nationwide to mitigate its effects on the aviation industry.


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