A plume of Saharan Dust has moved off the coast of Africa and will be in the vicinity of the Caribbean over the next few days.
The Saharan Air Layer (SAL) or Saharan Dust is a very dry, dusty layer of warm air that occurs when a dust storm develops over Western Africa in the Sahara Desert and gets blown into the Atlantic Ocean by easterly winds.
The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, which has weather forecasting responsibilities for the BVI, has indicated that such conditions usually occur around this time of year and they are monitoring the plume as it progresses.
Persons who are sensitive to such conditions and children with allergies should take the necessary precautions to limit symptoms.
The dust is expected to affect the Territory later this week.
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