African Dust Blankets Greece: Health Officials Issue Warning


Across Greece, a thick shroud of African dust has settled amidst soaring temperatures, prompting health concerns and heightened vigilance among residents. The weather phenomenon, closely monitored by experts, is expected to persist through today and tomorrow, prompting warnings from health authorities.

In Chania, Crete, the mercury reached a staggering 33 degrees Celsius, while Athens grappled with temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius.

According to reports from meteorological experts, the transfer of Saharan dust is particularly pronounced in the western and southern regions of the country. Satellite imagery and map tables tracking dust concentrations near the surface highlight the widespread impact of the phenomenon.

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The Public Health Directorate of the Region of Crete issued a statement urging citizens to exercise caution. Measurements conducted in collaboration with the University of Crete and the Technical University of Crete revealed elevated levels of PM10 particles, attributed to the influx of dust from the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Precautionary measures advised by health officials include limiting outdoor activities, especially strenuous exercise, for individuals with heart conditions or respiratory problems. Additionally, the use of relieving medication is encouraged to mitigate the potential health impacts of prolonged exposure to the dusty air.

As the country grapples with the persistent presence of African dust, residents are urged to stay informed and adhere to health guidelines to safeguard their well-being during this atmospheric challenge.



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