Athens residents choking in clouds of Sahara mud amid unseasonably heat climate

Athenians are choking in clouds of thick mud blown in from the Sahara together with unseasonably heat climate, climate forecasters and medical doctors warned on Thursday.

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The haze protecting the Greek capital comes from southerly winds that blow mud from North Africa throughout the jap Mediterranean from March to April, the top of the Greek meteorological service Theodoros Kolydas stated on X, previously Twitter.

“A typical sandstorm with a variety of 200 kilometres (about 120 miles) carries 20 to 30 million tonnes of mud and generally as a lot as 100 million,” he wrote.

Town frequently experiences such sandstorms however the present one is accompanied by unusually excessive spring temperatures, heightening the choking impact.

Wednesday noticed the very best March temperature in central Athens since 2009 — 25.3 levels Celsius (77.5 Fahrenheit).

Additional south on the island of Crete, the temperature reached 32 Celsius.

The Greek Pulmonologists’ Union suggested bronchial asthma victims and different weak folks to keep away from “pointless actions and out of doors sports activities through the instances of highest mud focus”.

It warned that the mud might be blended with pollen, micro organism and fungi, “a extremely poisonous combination that’s harmful for the human physique, significantly the respiratory system”.

Scientists say local weather change attributable to human burning of fossil fuels is elevating the danger of maximum climate occasions, together with heatwaves and droughts.

The climate service stated the mud clouds have been anticipated to dissipate from Friday.


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