Sahara Desert Dust Cloud Blankets Greece in Orange Haze

11 April 2018
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Swathes of Greece are blanketed in orange haze after southerly winds swept dust from the Sahara desert in Africa to southeastern Europe.

Health authorities have urged the young, elderly and those with breathing problems to limit their time outside.

Huge dust clouds have reduced visibility in large parts of Greece, including the capital Athens.
The southern holiday island of Crete has been particularly badly affected, with some areas reporting dust in the air at 10 times normal levels – forcing school closures.

Meteorologists said conditions are expected to improve from Monday evening in the capital and from Wednesday in southern Greece and Crete.

Twitter users have posted images of streets and beaches across the country, which have a warm orange glow as the African dust sweeps through.

Web developer Stavros Markopoulos wrote: “Dust straight from the Saharan desert, now in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.”

The Athens Observatory said on Friday that one of the largest ever transfers of desert sand from the Sahara to Greece took place on Thursday when the dust first arrived.

Concentrations of dust were the highest in 10 years, the Athens Observatory’s meteorological service said.

Orange snow was spotted in ski resorts in Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova as the dust engulfed southeastern Europe.

The phenomenon occurs roughly once every five years but concentrations of sand were higher than usual this time.

Source: novinite.com

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