Cyprus Mail

Get ready for more dust

MORE dust is on its way and will continue to be present in the environment until the weekend.

Kleanthis Nicolaides of the metrological department said the dust is from the Sahara desert and is sweeping over the Mediterranean.

Asked by CyBC radio to explain why the dust episode last weekend was undermined, he said that it “was not due to a wrong tactic used but due to the wrong wind current being monitored and the expectation of rain arriving sooner.”

“The dust is a phenomenon that commonly occurs in the southern Mediterranean in February, March and April. Problems in agriculture such as the interference with pollination and fruit bearing also occur as a result,” Nicolaides said.

The weekend is expected to bring rain and storms. Light showers on Thursday and Friday are also a possibility.

The dust level rate was estimated at 70,6 micrograms per cubic metre in Limassol and 37 and 40 in other areas.

He concluded that dust storms on the island have seen worse years.

The Department of Labour Inspection has issued a warning urging vulnerable groups such as children, old people and patients to avoid the outdoors and not to exercise in the open during this time.

Workers are also being urged to take additional care and avoid the outdoors, where possible.

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