By John Ikani
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has allayed fears over heavy downpour experienced across the country, saying the late cessation of rainy season being experienced in Abuja and parts of central states is as predicted in the 2021 Seasonal Climate Predictions (SCP).
NiMet Director-General, Prof Mansur Matazu in a chat with newsmen said there was no cause for worries as it was not the first time the country was witnessing late cessation of rain.
“As expected the la lina Enso phase favours enhanced rainfall and delayed cessation in some parts of the country.”
He noted that in 2019, Abuja and environs recorded rainfall till 12th November, adding that similar occurrences took place in 2012 and 2014.
The NiMet boss attributed the current event to high variability in the rainfall pattern as a result of climate change.
“This current events in the recent past can be attributed to high variability in our rainfall pattern which is linked to climate change.
“The ENSO phase has shifted to La Nina, which favours late cessation of rains in the country,” the DG added.