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Increased dust as temperatures higher than normal

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With temperatures this week sitting at higher than normal levels for the time of year, the labour department warned of increased levels of dust in the air.

The public, and especially vulnerable groups, were urged to avoid going outdoors until dust levels abate.

The average hourly concentration of dust particles with a diameter less than 10 microns (PM10) in the atmosphere increased to between 31μg/m3 and 69μg/m3 (microgrammes per cubic metre).

It is therefore expected that the average value within 24 hours will exceed the limit value of 50 μg/m3 set under the relevant legislation, the labour department said.

Monday’s dust levels clocked in at between 20μg/m3 and 44μg/m3, depending on the district.

“Due to the small size of particles and the possible negative effects on human health, members of the public, particularly vulnerable population groups – children, the elderly and the sick – are advised to avoid spending time outside,” it added.

Employers are also required to take the appropriate measures as they assess the risks to employees in open spaces. In addition, it is recommended that workers in open spaces use the appropriate personal protective gear.

Temperatures this week have been higher than normal, reaching as high as 39C but are expected to drop to the average of around 34C by the weekend.

More information and real-time updates as regards dust may be found at www. airquality.dli.mlsi .gov.cy which can be installed for free on mobile phones from Google Play and the iOS App Store.

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