A large plume of Saharan dust is affecting the Caribbean region, including Guyana, and will continue for the next few days, causing low visibility and poor air quality, the Hydromet Office said on Monday.
According to the Hydromet Office, the dust can be hazardous due to lower visibility, while dust particles can exacerbate the symptoms of respiratory illnesses and allergies. The dust can cause eye, nose and throat irritation.
In addition to the already dry atmosphere, Saharan Dust-haze is forecast to reduce visibility between 4 and 6 kilometres and, in some places, can become progressively thicker, the Hydromet office stated.
“Residents, visitors, and marine users are asked to be very cautious and prepared to take mitigative action if need be, as a significant reduction in visibility is either likely or already occurring,” the office stated.
Persons with respiratory issues or allergies should ensure that they travel with, or have close at hand, all prescribed medications. Marine users should monitor the situation closely, along with the forecast for any further deterioration.