Sunday 20 September, 2020

Saharan Dust and haze predicted to increase across Barbados

Saharan Dust blown across from the continent of Africa.

Saharan Dust blown across from the continent of Africa.

Forecasts predict more Saharan Dust and haze across Barbados over the weekend after the rains.

Saharan Dust and haze were at a low today with rains brought by the tropical wave that is currently affecting the island. This is according to the Barbados Meteorological Service.

However, strong winds associated with the Atlantic high-pressure system transported dust across the island chain from June 17.


Meteorologist Tia Browne said: 

"Friday June 19, a tropical wave is expected to affect the island and during this time concentrations of dust is expected to remain slight.

"The next dust outbreak is expected on Saturday, June 20 and continue through to [Sunday] June 21."

And she advised: "Persons with respiratory issues or allergies should ensure that they travel with or have close at hand all prescribed medications."

As it relates to the Saharan Dust and haze affecting visibility, Brown also cautioned seafarers to monitor the forecasts for any possible deterioration in conditions.

Tonight (June 19), Barbadians can expect more showers.

A tropical wave is affecting the island and the forecast for this evening into tonight is mostly cloudy to overcast with the occasional intermittent light to moderate showers and a low chance of scattered thunderstorms.

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