NiMET Urges Nigerians to Stay Hydrated, Warns of Heat Saturday

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has raised alarm through its weather prediction alert, cautioning citizens about the heightened risk of heat stress and thunderstorms expected to sweep across various regions of the country on Saturday.

Released from its headquarters in Abuja, the Weather Report outlined the looming weather conditions, highlighting the potential for soaring temperatures and thunderstorm activity.

NiMet’s forecast predicts a sharp rise in the heat index across Nigeria, posing significant concerns for heat stress in many areas. Urging the public to exercise caution, the agency emphasized the importance of taking necessary precautions to safeguard against the adverse effects of the extreme weather.

In light of the impending conditions, NiMet advised individuals to prioritize hydration and limit strenuous physical activities, particularly during the peak hours from noon until 4 pm, when temperatures are expected to be at their highest.

Emphasizing preventive measures, the agency recommended the use of protective gear such as shades and hats when venturing outdoors. Additionally, parents were urged to ensure infants are adequately shielded from the scorching heat, emphasizing the importance of proper seating arrangements.

It added, “Wear shades and hats when you’re outdoors and keep the infants well aerated.

“Saturday is expected to start with morning thunderstorms in coastal parts of Lagos states, including Niger, Kwara and Kebbi states living other parts of the South and the North Central, mostly partly cloudy at sunshine intervals 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.”

NiMet advised 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 precaution,” it added.

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