Saharan Dust concentrations are forecast to peak across Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Windward Islands this afternoon, with a gradual decrease throughout the week. Moderate concentrations across T&T presently have reduced air quality to moderate levels and produced hazy skies across Trinidad.
Presently, moderate concentrations of Saharan Dust is present across Trinidad and Tobago, reducing air quality to moderate levels. This plume of Saharan Dust has caused moderate air quality across the Eastern Caribbean and the Greater Antilles over the weekend. Parts of the Leeward islands’ air quality is hovering between good to moderate air quality on Monday Morning. Over the next 5 days, Saharan Dust is forecast to fluctuate, gradually decreasing as the week progresses. In areas near the vicinity of bushfires, air quality can near levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.
At moderate air quality levels, unusually sensitive groups should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.
At unhealthy for sensitive groups: There is an increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals. Aggravation of heart or lung disease and possible premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should limit prolonged exertion.
Larger, more concentrated plumes of Saharan dust begin to occur in April and continue through November. This is due to stronger thunderstorms, typically associated with tropical waves, across interior Africa sending dust into the upper atmosphere.
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With dry conditions persisting, bush fires will be on the rise. As more Saharan Dust forecast to persist across T&T throughout the week, sensitive groups such as persons with respiratory ailments, children, the elderly and cardiopulmonary disease should take the necessary precautions.