Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Saharan Dust affects several Caribbean islands

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Barbadians can be on alert for higher levels of Saharan Dust in the atmosphere.

This is according to updates from Met Offices throughout the region.

Saharan Dust is affecting several Caribbean islands this week with persons sensitive to the dust feeling the negative effects brought on by its presence which includes itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing and even headaches.   

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In St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Meteorological Service says a plume of Saharan Dust transported by the wind-flow of the Atlantic High-Pressure System is reducing visibility with moderate haze across the area.  

A temporary thinning in Dust concentrations was expected on May 3 with hazy conditions of varying intensity expected again on May 4.   

In Aruba, the Meteorological Department in its Sunday forecast said fine Saharan Dust particles will slightly hinder visibility for the next day or two.  

In Trinidad and Tobago, the Met Office warned that a significant concentration of Saharan Dust is currently present in the atmosphere and advised sensitive persons to take necessary precautions.  

Trinidad and Tobago's Met Office stated that Saharan Dust concentrations increased on Sunday, May 3, degrading air quality to moderate levels across the islands.

As the week progresses, Saharan Dust concentrations are forecast to continue increasing with peak concentrations forecast by late Tuesday, May 5 through Friday, May 8.

Most islands across the Eastern Caribbean were experiencing good air quality based on US standards as of May 3, at 8 pm.

Barbados Met Office had not issued a Saharan Dust update or advisory specific to local conditions, as of 11 am, Wednesday, May 6

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