NIMET forecasts low rainfall, early cessation for 2016



The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) yesterday said most parts of the country, especially the northern region, would experience a late on-set, early cessation and lower than normal rainfall this year.

Its Director General, Anthony Anuforom, made the disclosure yesterday during the unveiling of the 2016 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) in Abuja.

According to him, farmers in the affected areas would be severely affected except farming is scientifically and carefully managed.

Anuforom also disclosed that dry spells during the rainy season would be more frequent and severe in many parts of the North, while the little dry season or August Break in parts of the South would be more pronounced.

“It is necessary to state that the expected lower-than-normal rainfall in parts of the country does not rule out the possibility of isolated flash floods due to high intensity rainfall at the peak of the season, especially in places that are naturally prone to flooding,” he warned.

A summary of the SRP revealed that the earliest date of growing season this year was February 29 in the coastal areas of the Niger Delta and gradually progressed northwards in time.

The latest is predicted to be in the last week of June and around Yobe State. The late onset of the growing season is projected to be between seven and 11 days.

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