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It is “an arrival of Saharan dust like it has not been recorded in Spain for decades” A phenomenon that goes from south to north through the east of the country

A woman takes a photograph with her mobile in Murcia.

The forecast of the State Meteorology Agency (Aemet) in the Community of Madrid for this Tuesday indicates the probability of showers in the first half of the day and very strong gusts of wind on the summits.

Thus, the skies will be cloudy or covered with medium and high clouds, which will decrease at the end of the day at intervals of high clouds, and the wind will be from the east, with very strong streaks from the east and southeast on the summits.

Scattered and occasional showers are not ruled out in the first half of the day, which will be more likely in the Sierra, which may be accompanied by mud due to the presence of atmospheric dust. In addition, there will be probability of haze.

The temperatures in general will rise, that it will be notable in the case of maxima except in the extreme southeast and will even be locally extraordinary in the Sierra.

Thus, temperatures will range between 10 and 21 degrees in Madrid, 9 and 22 degrees in Alcal de Henares, 8 and 21 degrees in Aranjuez, 10 and 19 degrees in Collado Villalba, 10 and 21 degrees in Getafe and between 9 and 20 in Navalcarnero.

‘Exceptional’ Saharan dust cloud

An “exceptional” episode of dust from the Sahara desert has been recorded since Monday afternoon in several Mediterranean provinces of the Iberian Peninsula, a phenomenon that it had not been produced with this intensity for several decades.

This was explained in statements to Efe by the president of the Association of Spanish Geographers (AGE), the professor at the University of Alicante (UA) Jorge Olcina, about this “exceptional event.”

It is “an arrival of Saharan dust as it hadn’t been registered in Spain for decades,” according to the expert, who has pointed out that this phenomenon is heading from south to north through the east of the country.

“The Saharan dust takes advantage of the eastern side of the DANA that has formed in the Gulf of Cdiz to ascend from the Sahara desert to Western Europe” in what has become something “really exceptional”, Olcina has insisted.


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