The Met Office is warning persons to prepare for a worsening in concentration of Saharan dust in the atmosphere.
While the heaviest concentrations impacted the islands yesterday, current model runs estimate that this event is anticipated to last for the next four to five days.
The Met office warns that it may reduce visibility significantly. Meteorologist Jean Mark Rampersad this morning told our news team that while the thickest concentration of the dust was experienced on Sunday, the presence of Sahara dust will continue until later this week.
HOW IT AFECTS YOU
At unhealthy levels, there is an increased aggravation of respiratory symptoms in sensitive groups including older adults, children, and people with respiratory ailments and allergies; increased aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in people with heart or lung disease; AND increased respiratory effects in general population.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELVES:
Protective measures include: covering the nose and mouth when outdoors; protecting eyes using sunglasses when outdoors; and keeping inhalers and allergy medication on hand.
Saharan dust is a mixture of sand and dust from the Sahara, the vast desert area that covers most of North Africa.
Saharan dust may contain various particles that can produce symptoms such as a dry cough, sore throat, itchy, watery eyes,
sneezing and runny nose.