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Saharan Dust Over Saint Lucia Due To Dissipate This Week

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Saharan dust haze causing a reduction in visibility and air quality in Saint Lucia and across the region is due to dissipate this week.

The Island has been experiencing moderate haze in the atmosphere, prompting an advisory from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services.

The advisory urged people with respiratory ailments and dust allergies to take the necessary precautions.

“This particular plume should dissipate by tomorrow,” Meteorological Services Director Andre Joyeux told St. Lucia Times on Monday.

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Nevertheless, he said the Meteorological Services would continue monitoring the atmosphere.

Saharan dust comes off the coast of Africa, moves with the wind, and affects the entire region from the Caribbean to the United States.

“It comes to us in plumes, and currently, we have a moderate amount of haze in the atmosphere,” the Meteorological Services Director explained.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Saharan dust can harm your health.

The organisation said particles could enter the lungs and bloodstreampotentially triggering asthma attacks in people who have asthma and aggravating other respiratory conditions. 

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