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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency on Thursday predicted low weather visibility over some parts of the North on November 20, 2021, and stated that this might disrupt flights to the region.

It said dust haze expected to affect states such as Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina and its environs originated from the Faya Largeau in Chad Republic, a major dust haze source region for Nigeria West Africa.

“The value scale of significant visibility deterioration over the northern cities on November 20 would range from 2000-5000 metres with isolated cases of visibility below 1000 metres,” the agency said in a statement issued in Abuja.

It added, “Most parts of the central states are expected to be partly cloudy with sunny intervals while the southern states are expected to be cloudy with prospects of isolated thunderstorms.

“Consequently, motorists are advised to drive with caution especially in the extreme northern parts where reduction in visibility is envisaged.”

NiMet said more attention was expected especially during the early morning period when horizontal visibility was mostly impaired.

It said hot and dry atmospheric conditions associated with harmattan could result in heat exhaustion and dehydration, hence keeping the body hydrated by drinking water was crucial to avoid heat stroke.

“However, temperatures at night could be very low, adequate clothing is therefore essential. The expected reduction in visibility may disrupt flight operations through cancellation and delay of flights; this is for the safety of air travellers,” the agency stated.

The development means domestic airlines may be forced to cancel flight operations to the affected areas especially in the North. Foreign airlines flying into Nigeria may also be forced to change their routes.

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