Sand from Africa’s Sahara Desert Affects Jamaica’s Air Quality

According to Jamaica’s meteorological office, dust particles from sand storms in Africa’s Saharan Desert are moving across the Caribbean and over Jamaica resulting in limited visibility.

Several persons have called the Met Office trying to find out why they are not seeing as clearly as usual across a horizontal distance.

According to Viola Pascal, Duty Forecaster at the Met Office, the agency has not received any complaints of negative impact due to the dust which affects air quality.

She also expects the conditions to improve moving into the weekend.


The dust, which comes from the Sahara Desert, causes the skies around the region to be hazy, which reduces visibility and results in poor air quality.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Saharan dust is not harmful; however, people with allergies or respiratory ailments should remain indoors when possible, and consult their physician or health care professional for further guidance.


Source: Irie FM

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