The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to brace up for more hot days, warm nights and heat waves across the country. The agency in a statement signed by the Head of its Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge, NIMET noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100, even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced. “We must therefore prepare for a future with more hot days, warm nights and heat waves because of past and present emissions. This preparation will require smart adaptation strategies and engaging in climate resilient practices to cope with the damage that has been done.” NIMET had earlier revealed that the country would experience late on-set, early cessation and lower-than-normal rainfall this 2016 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP). The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said dry spells during the rainy season would also be more frequent and severe in some parts of the North. However, notwithstanding the expected lower-than-normal rainfall prediction, the outlook did not rule out of the possibility of isolated flash floods due to high intensity rainfall at the peak of the season, especially in naturally floods prone places. NiMet Director General, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, stated that the SRP outlook presented risk factor for farmers in the affected areas, urging all concerns to develop strategies to scientifically manage it.
– The Vanguard