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Raining Season in Nigeria. What You Need To Know.

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Rainy Season

Rainy period in Nigeria.

The length of the rainy season decreases from south to north. South raining season lasts from March to November while north raining season lasts only from mid-May to September. Temperature and humidity in the south remain relatively constant throughout the year while for the northern part, their season varies. This season brings about the watering of plants and crops, humidification of the air, replenishing the water table, and creating healthy ions.

Rainy period

Rainy season in Nigeria 2021.

Rainy season in Nigeria, 2021 was predicted normal to be above the normal rainfall by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and it was also predicted to be below normal for a few places in the North-Western e.g. Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Kano States. The timeliest inception date is likely to happen on March 1, 2021, along the coaster line of the country while the latest date is anticipated to be around June 29, 2021, in the northernmost parts of the country.

Rainy season in Nigeria 2020.

Nigeria is likely to have rainfall amounts ranging from 400mm in the north to over 3000mm in the south. Places in the deep part of the north such as Katsina, Borno, Yobe, and Sokoto are projected to have the minimum rainfall amounts within the range of 400mm-800mm.

Rainy season in Nigeria 2019.

Nigeria rainy season forecast in 2019 was based on a warm ENSO phase (El Nino year). It is expected that the major warm phase suppresses rainfall in the country in the north due to the high probability of a warm phase continuing from January to July- August- September season while normal rainfall is expected from the predicted neutral phase towards the end of the season from September 2019.

Rainy Season 2019

Rainy season in Nigeria 2016.

In 2016, NIGERIAN Meteorological Agency’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (NIMET SRP) determined the onset and termination of rainfall over Nigeria by using six different satellites to measure the precipitation.  

Rainy season fruits in Nigeria.

There are several kinds of fruit during this season some of which include cherry, corn, garden egg, June plums, carrots, sugar cane, watermelons, monkey cola, ackee, soursops, tangerines, avocados, banana, apples, etc.

Rainy Season Fruits

Nigeria weather.

This is the state of the atmosphere in Nigeria and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc. Nigeria’s weather is the state of the atmosphere of the country describing the degree to which it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.  There are typically three seasons in Nigeria.

  1. Dry Season. 
  2. Rainy Season. 
  3. Harmattan Season

Rainy season in Lagos Nigeria.

Lagos State, Nigeria has two distinct rainy seasons, which occur between April and July (more concentrated) and October to November. Lagos usually experiences extreme rainfall in June. Throughout the year, there are 102.8 rainfall days and 1538mm of precipitation is accumulated in Lagos.

Rainy Season

Characteristics of the rainy season in Nigeria.

  1. High heat.
  2. High humidity.
  3. Extensive clouding.
  4. Rainfall.

The dry season in Nigeria.

The dry season in Nigeria lasts from November to March with an average temperature of about 100-degree Fahrenheit during the day. This season is determined by high temperatures and low humidity. The fruits during this period include Ube okpoko, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cucumber, etc. In the dry season, food is preserved a lot better.

Characteristics of the dry season in Nigeria.

  1. Low and changeable precipitation.
  2. High evaporation.
  3. Variance in temperature.

Harmattan season in Nigeria. 

Harmattan is a very dry, grubby, and dirty easterly and north-easterly wind on the West Nigeria Coast. Harmattan season begins when the dry season is about to end. Harmattan is associated with pollution of the dust-laden northeast trade winds blowing across the Sahara Desert. It begins in late November.


  • Abbey

    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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