18 Mar, 2024 @ 16:49
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Saharan dust warning for southern Spain: Weather phenomenon to roll in from Africa tomorrow

CARRY ON CALIMA: Sahara sand calima returns to Spain’s Andalucia
CARRY ON CALIMA: Sahara sand calima returns to Spain’s Andalucia

PARTS of Spain will again be hit by a calima on Tuesday with Andalucia and Castilla-La Mancha expected to bare the brunt of the weather phenomenon.

A calima occurs when fine dust and sand particles are lifted into the atmosphere and carried by prevailing winds.

CALIMA FORMING IN SAHARA(Aemet image)

The fine particles in a calima can get into human lungs and cause respiratory problems, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.

Doctors therefore recommend sufferers to wear FPP2 respiratory masks if they have to go outdoors during a calima.

The dust clouds have already passed through the Canary Islands and have started to arrive on the Iberian Peninsula.

The last calima to hit Spain was in mid-February coupled with unseasonal high temperatures.

A similar combination applies this week with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees in southern areas on Monday.

Looking ahead to Semana Santa(Holy Week), forecasters are predicting a mixed bag heading into Easter with heavy rain in some parts of the country.

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