240 days Lagos rainfall starts March 19 – commissioner

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Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Tunji Bello, has urged residents of Lagos State to prepare for likely consequences of 240-270 days rain with the 2020 rainfall predicted to begin in March 19 and end Nov. 22.

Bello made this known at a news conference on the 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Predictions and Prevention of Flooding in Lagos, held at the Ministry’s Conference room on Tuesday.

According to him, it is necessary to inform Lagos residents about the 2020 rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

“Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) is to allay fears of residents and prepare them ahead for the likely consequences of the rain,” he added.

Bello said that rainfall prediction for Lagos in 2020 was a near-normal one, saying that Ikeja was expected to have about 1,526 millimeters, while Badagry was 1,759 millimeters.

According to him, Lagos with 1,714 millimeters, Ikorodu with 1,690 millimeters and Epe with 1,730 millimeters.

The commissioner said that before the rainy season, a couple of rainfall was expected to occur which would be enormous and tend to give a false start to the rainy season.

“Lagos Island is expected to have a rainfall onset date of March 19, with an error margin of three days, while its cessation date is expected to be Nov. 26.

The commissioner added that relevant measures had been put in place in preparation for the 2020 rainy season.

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