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AIR QUALITY COULD FALL TO MODERATE LEVELS THIS WEEKEND

AIR QUALITY COULD FALL TO MODERATE LEVELS THIS WEEKEND

April 19, 202490Views

The Virgin Islands could see a decrease in air quality this weekend. A large plume of Sahara Dust is expected to impact the territory as early as Sunday. Air quality is expected to reduce to moderate levels.

Synopsis: The air quality is down to moderate levels as a result of particulate matters 2.5 and 10,
associated with the fifth surge in Saharan Dust for 2024. The threat of health problems is
elevated, for mainly unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics, and could potentially cause
them limited health impacts. The air quality could drop further to unhealthy for sensitive groups
in the next 36 hours.

Sensitive groups: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are the
groups most at risk.

Health implications: Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants, there may be
moderate health concerns for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air
pollution.

Caution: Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should
limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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