The federal government, through the Nigeria Meter Geological Agency (NiMet), has warned residents of 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday, with the possibility of flash floods.
The states expected to experience the heaviest rainfall are Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, and Kaduna. Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Enugu, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, and Abia are also expected to experience moderate to heavy rainfall.
Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Kwara, Benue, and the FCT are expected to experience moderate to heavy rainfall.
According to the agency, very light or no rain is expected over the rest of the country.
NiMet has also warned of strong winds that could damage weak structures, trees, and masts. People in affected states are advised to disconnect electrical appliances before the rains start.
The agency has also cautioned that the expected heavy rainfall could cause flash floods in some areas. Drivers are advised not to drive through surface runoff waters, as they can have strong undercurrents.
Other likely hazards include slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility during the rain. NiMet advises the public to avoid driving through surface water and to be cautious when travelling during the rainy season.