July 16, 2024

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African dust, combined with high temperatures, will “suffocate” Greece

The Copernicus atmospheric monitoring service warns of deteriorating air quality in Greece – a new wave of African dust threatens to “suffocate” the country.

According to Copernicus forecasts, a new wave of African dust will “cover” most of Greece and create a suffocating atmosphere. The peak of its “invasion” is expected today and tomorrow, June 13-14, with an increased concentration of large PM10 particles.

The data shows writes CNN Greece dust from the Sahara has crossed the central and eastern Mediterranean and is causing high concentrations of suspended particles in Greece for several days. As a result, air quality will deteriorate significantly, and the sky will be hidden behind a thick layer of dust.

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African dust concentration.

The head of the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, says:

“The transfer of dust from the Sahara across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe is not an unusual phenomenon. But parts of Europe have seen an increase in the intensity and frequency of these episodes in recent years, making it necessary to continue monitoring them to understand how air quality may change.”

Vasilis Ameridis, Director of Research at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece, emphasizes:

“The National Observatory is continuously monitoring the development of African dust episodes in Greece to inform the public about their severity and possible impact on air quality.”

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