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Dust alert, possible showers on Sunday

November 3, 2018 at 10:40am

Dust levels are above average with the Labour Ministry on Saturday urging vulnerable groups to avoid outdoor activities.

According to a Department of Labour Inspection announcement, the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10) at 7 am on Saturday were between the maximum value of 417 μg/m3 and minimum value of 40 μg/m(micrograms per cubic metre).

“Consequently it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/mas defined by the relative legislation,” it said.

Yesterday, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 23 and 74 μg/m3 depending on the location.

Because of the small size of the respirable particles and their negative effect on human health, the public and especially the vulnerable groups of population (children, older people, and patients) are advised to avoid outdoor activities and exercising in open spaces during this event.

Also, it is required that the employers take the appropriate measures (organisational or technical) after assessing the risks that their employees are facing while working in open spaces. Moreover, it is recommended that the workers in open spaces use appropriate means of personal protection.

More information on the measured pollutant concentrations is available online through the dedicated website maintained by DLI at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free application “Air Quality Cyprus” on the Google Play and iOS App Store.

Weather:

Meanwhile, the met office said that Saturday be mainly fine.

Temperatures will be 29 C inland, 27 C on the south coast, 25 C on remaining coasts and 19 C in the mountains.

On Sunday, increased localised clouds may lead to isolated showers and/or thunderstorms in the mountains, inland and east and southeast coasts.

Temperatures will edge down slightly.

Monday and Tuesday will be mainly fine but localised clouds may lead to isolated showers and/or thunderstorms.

Temperatures will edge up to about average for the time of year.