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A new big wave of Saharan dust for SE Europe and the eastern-central Mediterranean today and tomorrow – March 21, 2018

A new wave of Saharan dust is coming into southeastern Europe and the E-CNTRL Mediterranean today and tomorrow.

A cutoff low is located in the central Mediterranean and CNTRL-S Italy. Ahead of the low, strong southerly Scirocco winds blow large amounts of Saharan dust, mostly from Lybia, into eastern-central Mediterranean and southeastern Europe. See maps by University of Athens SKIRON model below for dust load in the atmosphere over the next two days. A similar dust wave affected Greece last weekend, producing hazy, dusty skies.

In particular, note the big amount of Saharan dust being pushed into Crete and Rhodes islands late on Thursday!

Total dDust load. Map: University of Athens SKIRON model.