Monday 3 August, 2020

Met Office: Saharan dust to affect the island

The Barbados Meteorological Services is monitoring the progress of a thick concentration of Saharan dust haze located in the central Atlantic.

Model data indicates that the plume of dust haze is forecast to affect Barbados as early as Wednesday morning, February 19, 2020 with an improvement expected around Friday, February 21 2020.

Impacts of dust haze will vary due to the sensitivity of individuals and extent of exposure.

Persons with respiratory ailments such as asthma and sinusitis could be affected. Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat are potential effects of the influx of this area of dust haze. Precautions that could be taken are stocking up on necessary medications as well as reducing exposure to this dust haze.

The Met Office will continue to closely monitor the progress of this area of dust haze and will issue any updates if conditions warrant. This and other related information may be obtained from barbadosweather.org/www.agriculture.gov.bb or by dialing 535-0022.

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