The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere predicts that, next Tuesday, dust from the Sahara desert may reach the Iberian Peninsula and, consequently, also the Madeira archipelago. This is due to the occurrence of sand storms in the desert, which are relatively frequent and which, with the force of the wind, are transported far away.
“During these days, dust from the Sahara desert is expected to arrive in the Caribbean. This is a particularly intense event, and the concentration of particles in the air at the surface (PM10) in some Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) is estimated to exceed 200 μg / m3 this Monday. June 22, ”explains the IPMA.
This phenomenon has already taken place this year, on February 22nd.