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Saharan dust cloud shrouds the Costa del Sol

The car washes could be busy. File photograph.
The car washes could be busy. File photograph. / SUR
  • Spain's national weather agency, Aemet, is forecasting it will be worse on Wednesday and there is the possibility of 'muddy' rain

The start of Easter week in Spain has been marked in weather terms by a strong haze of suspended dust from the Sahara, which is responsible for the dense clouds shrouding the Costa del Sol this Tuesday (30 March).

Aemet's state weather centre director, José María Sánchez-Laulhé, warns that Wednesday will be the worst day, when it is expected that the more than 200 microgrammes of particles per cubic metre may be exceeded at points in the province.

The meteorologist predicts that this phenomenon will not last long and it will tend to subside on Thursday, when it will stay below 50 microgrammes per cubic metre, thanks to the change in the wind, from the current east to west.

If there is rain, which is expected is some areas, it will carry the sand particles and fall in the form of diluted mud. This will be most likely in Estepona and Marbella.

The density of airborne dust in the environment is dangerous for people with respiratory problems but doctors say that the mandatory wearing of facemasks outdoors should alleviate the problem.

The cloud of dust blankets Malaga as seen from the Plaza de la Merced this Tuesday.

The cloud of dust blankets Malaga as seen from the Plaza de la Merced this Tuesday. / SALVADOR SALAS

José Daniel Alcazar, a chest expert at the Quirónsalud Hospital in Malaga, told SUR, "Airborne dust is very irritating, especially in people with chronically inflamed airways."

However, he added, "The measures that are being taken for Covid, especially the wearing of masks and people not wanting to leave the house, have meant that there are hardly any cases in the emergency department."