April 11, 2021

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Puerto Rico suffers from this Saturday a new episode of dust from the Sahara

A new cloud of dust from the Sahara arrived in Puerto Rico today and will remain in the local area until early next week, warned the National Weather Service (SNM).

Meteorologist Ian Colón Pagán indicated that this haze episode will not be as intense as the one that affected Puerto Rico at the beginning of last week, but it will change the weather conditions and air quality.

"This cloud is already affecting the area and very little rain is seen in the morning hours. In the afternoon we would have heavy showers in western Puerto Rico but they will not be significant. In general there will be a lot of sun, misty conditions, winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour in east-southeast direction and also a lot of heat, "explained the expert in an interview with El Nuevo Día .

He also anticipated that various parts of the island could record maximum temperatures between the high 80s and lows 90 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) and indices d e heat between 102 to 107 ºF.

The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources has already reported the first effects of Saharan dust in the air whose index is 59 under the moderate category.

The last episode of dust from the Sahara that affected the island caused the air quality index to become dangerous due to the high concentrations of particulate.

However, people with allergies or some type of respiratory disease should take their medications and stay the shortest time possible outdoors to avoid exposing yourself to any health complications.

This cloud of dust from the Sahara will limit the formation of downpours, so it will not be until next Wednesday that a disturbance will occur with the ability to generate precipitation , according to meteorological models.

Puerto Rico has experienced dust episodes from the Sahara due to the influence of a high pressure system in the central Atlantic q It rotates clockwise and transports that dust that leaves the desert to the tropical Atlantic and the Caribbean. This is the peak season for this type of phenomenon.

As the peak of the hurricane season approaches, the high pressure begins to weaken and move further north. For this reason, the peak of the hurricane season is from August to October, because there is no dry air and dust from the Sahara.

Meanwhile, Colón Pagán reported that there is a warning for small boat operators due to waves of up to seven feet in some sectors of local waters and passages.

In addition, the wind could blow up to 20 knots and the risk of marine currents is moderate for all the beaches of Puerto Rico, except for the west of the island.

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