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Saharan Dust haze to decrease air quality, visibility this weekend – DDM

July 6th, 2024 | Tags: Sahara dust Virgin Islands dust weather DDM
A dusty Carrot Bay on June 22, 2020, due to Saharan dust. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management in its weekend forecast from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has shared that relatively dry and stable atmospheric conditions associated with the presence of a high-pressure ridge in the atmosphere across the area will continue to restrict shower activity over and around the islands during the next 24 hours.

The Department said additionally, Sahara dust haze will also impact conditions and is known to decrease the air quality and visibility over the area.

As such the weather for today is Partly sunny and hazy conditions in general.

Weather tonight: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy conditions with a 20 per cent or slight chance of a brief overnight shower.

Winds: East-southeast at 15 to 26 km/h or 9 to 16 mph with lighter spells overnight..

Seas: 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet.

Sunset today: 6:59 pm.

Sahara Dust warnings 

For those with reparatory illnesses, the presence of Sahara dust means these persons should limit time outdoors, or avoid any outdoor activity with prolonged exertion at this time. Windows and doors should be kept closed as much as possible and face masks worn to filter out particles."

The Public Health division has previously warned that persons with medical conditions who are experiencing difficulties breathing are asked to consult their physician.

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