Sunday 26 May, 2019

Saharan Dust to move over T&T on Wednesday

Satellite image credit: NOAA/STAR via TT Met Office.

Satellite image credit: NOAA/STAR via TT Met Office.

Sinus sufferers are being told to brace for the arrival of a moderate Saharan Dust plume which is expected to move over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

Air quality will be affected during this time.

The Meteorological Service of Trinidad and Tobago (Met Office) on Saturday predicted the arrival of the Saharan Dust from the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean would bring mild concentrations, but in an update on Tuesday advised those suffering with respiratory ailments to take the necessary precautions. 

The event is expected to last for at least four days. 

In some slightly better news, the Met Office said the concentration of the dust may begin to decrease by the weekend.

Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and dust from the Sahara, the vast desert area that covers most of North Africa.

The dust concentration causes problems for sinus and allergy sufferers in particular.

Healthcare professionals recommend saline spray, air purifiers, nasal irrigation other over the counter treatments to help treat mild symptoms of nasal congestion and irritation.

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