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Nigerian Meteorological Agency warns of heat stress, thunderstorms

Public Urged to Take Precautions as Weather Predictions Point to Heat Index Soaring

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has issued a weather prediction alert, cautioning citizens about the likelihood of heat stress and thunderstorms across various parts of the country on Saturday.

In its Weather Report released in Abuja, NiMet highlighted the expected surge in the heat index over Nigeria, with significant prospects of heat stress in many regions. The agency urged the public to take necessary precautions, emphasizing the importance of staying well-hydrated and avoiding strenuous physical activities, particularly during peak hours between 12 noon and 4 pm.

“We advise the public to stay well hydrated. Reduce strenuous physical activities during the peak hours that are between 12 and 4 pm,” the statement read.

NiMet recommended wearing shades and hats when outdoors and advised parents to ensure infants are adequately seated to mitigate the effects of the scorching heat.

Saturday is expected to commence with morning thunderstorms in coastal parts of Lagos states, including Niger, Kwara, and Kebbi states, while other parts of the South and the North Central will experience mostly partly cloudy weather with sunshine intervals extending to the northern states.

“By afternoon and evening hours, there are better prospects of thunderstorms in the southern and north-central region, including parts of Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Kebbi states,” the statement added.

NiMet cautioned the public about strong winds preceding the rains in areas where thunderstorms are likely to occur, urging them to take adequate precautions.

“Strong winds may precede the rains in areas where thunderstorms are likely to occur; the public should take adequate precautions,” it emphasized.

Additionally, NiMet urged airline operators to obtain updated weather reports and forecasts to ensure effective planning in their operations, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing passenger safety.

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