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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

NiMet says north-central states, others to experience delayed rainfall in 2024

NiMet says north-central states, others to experience delaye

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) forecasts a postponement in the onset of the 2024 rainy season in certain regions of the country, notably the north-central states. 

The information was disclosed in the 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) report presented to the public on Tuesday in Abuja by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

NiMet's analysis indicates that the normal onset is expected in the northern states, while Borno and Abia states are anticipated to experience an earlier onset compared to their historical averages.

“An early end of the season is predicted for parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Ogun, and Lagos states.

“However, a late cessation is predicted over the southern states of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ekiti, and parts of Edo, Delta, Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, FCT, Niger, and Kaduna.

“The annual rainfall amount is predicted to be below normal over parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Kebbi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Bayelsa states when compared to their long term normal,” NiMet said.

The agency anticipates that other parts of the country would likely observe normal to above-normal annual rainfall amounts.

It predicted most parts of the country could experience a shorter length of season, while Bayelsa, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom are likely to experience a longer length of season when compared with their mean.

According to NiMet, normal to shorter seasons will likely occur in other parts of the country. SCP 2024 document contains detailed predictions for temperature in the first five months of the year.

It also contains the predictions for the dry spell, little dry season, malaria, and meningitis.

The predictions are accompanied by explicit details, especially focusing on the socio-economic implications associated with each projection. 

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