Major amounts of Saharan dust expected across western Europe over the weekend

A new round of Saharan dust will be pushed across western and southwestern Europe this weekend. Major amounts of Saharan dust are expected over Spain and France and to a lesser extent Belgium and southern UK.

Strong southerly warm air advection has set up ahead of the cutoff low located over SW Iberian peninsula. Very warm air loaded with Saharan dust is being pushed across the western Mediterranean into western Europe. Expect dusty skies and deposition of the dust with rain from showers and thunderstorms expected across the region. See maps with details below.

Dust load. Maps: University of Athens, SKIRON model.