Meteo predicts intense dry conditions in coming days
Intensely dry weather are expected in the upcoming days and weeks, according to the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA).
According to the agency’s 2022/2023 dry harmattan season advisory, which was dated November 24, 2022 and was signed by the agency’s acting director general, Eric Assuman, “the number of dry weather conditions, cloudless skies, and hot days will gradually increase across most of the country from December 2022 to February 2023.”
However, the agency warned that there might still be sporadic moisture influx periods that could bring one or two rainy days, particularly for coastal towns and cities.
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It was noted that during the season, the atmosphere would typically be dominated by the suspension of tiny dust particles and aerosols.
“The Northern and Transition Zones of Ghana should expect somewhat cold nights and mornings.
Due to dust advection from the dust source location, visibility values will be poor between one kilometer and five kilometers, it stated.
It was predicted that early morning mist and fog patches would be common in most places in the southern to transitional region of the country, including inland water regions such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.
“Dry and hazy weather conditions with varying intensities are expected over most of the country during this period, along with an increase in hotspot activities in the country’s fire-prone areas,”
Therefore, the statement urged everyone to handle open flames carefully, especially hunters, cigarette smokers, and wine tappers.
Additionally, it urged people to moisturize their bodies to prevent dry skin, drink plenty of water to be hydrated, and dress their children in warm clothing at night and in the early morning.
The statement advised people to call the Director of Synoptic Meteorology and Forecasting Joseph Tetteh Portuphy, Papa Nii Cleg, Head of the Public Relations Unit, or Felicity Ahafianyo, Head of the Central Analysis & Forecasting Office, at +233-303-965-563 or +233-(0) 55-353-8292 for assistance.
Northern regions: take care
A warning to take precautions was also included in the statement for residents of the five northern areas, as well as portions of the Oti, Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo regions.
These include using caution when handling naked fire, especially for hunters, cigarette smokers, and palm wine tappers; drinking enough water to stay hydrated; moisturizing their bodies to prevent cracked skin; and dressing children in warm clothing at night and in the early morning.
The statement added that over the past few days, dry northerly winds from northern Africa had advected into the country’s northern regions.
It said that this has helped to reduce rainfall activities over southern Ghana by contributing to generally clear skies, bright, and dry weather conditions over the North East, Upper East, Upper West, and Savannah regions.
According to the statement, “the unimodal2022 rainy season for Northern Ghana has ended and the 2022-2023 dry (harmattan) season is in force at its initial stage.” This is in reference to the 2022 seasonal forecast that was released earlier in the year and based on ongoing surveillance and analysis of global and national forecast model charts by the GMET Seasonal Forecast Desk and the Central Analysis and Forecasting Office (CAFO).
As a result, it gave the public the assurance that regular daily and weekly weather updates would be made available to everyone.
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