by Lekan Olanrewaju
Amidst the heatwave currently hitting the state, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that the state would be experiencing a rainy season of between 234 and 238 days.
Speaking at the presentation of this year’s rainfall predictions by Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, the Lagos state commissioner for environment, Mr Tunji Bello said that the rains would last till November, with intermittent breaks.
“It has been predicted that there will 1279 millimeters of rainfall in Lagos during the rainy season which is predicated to start on the 22nd of March and rain through till the 2nd of November” he said, according to a Channels TV report. “A total length of rainy season for 2012 is approximately put at 236 days with a marginal error of 2 days. The implication is that Lagos will experience a rainy season of about 234-238, with intermittent stoppage between March and August 2012.
“A break is expected in between, while the rain will start again in late August or early September, before the rainy season finally ends in November. So, the end of rainfall is November 12, with marginal error of two days between November 10 and 14.”
He also said the rainfall patterns would be similar to the destructive ones experienced last year.
“This year’s rain is expected to be accompanied with a lot of storms, likely leading to falling of trees, street lights, poles and communication masts.”
He warned residents against dumping refuse in unauthorised places, especially the drains and assured that the state government was undertaking deflooding measures.
He also stated that the government had devised a three-prong strategy to deal with the effects of the rain which are; Pre rain strategy (from January to April), the Mid rain strategy (May-August) and the Post rain strategy (September-December).