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Dust, possible showers and thunderstorms

October 19, 2018 at 8:18am
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Dust levels will be high for the second consecutive day on Friday, while the Met Office is projecting isolated showers and or thunderstorms in the afternoon.

In an announcement, the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour said that at 7:00 am on Friday, the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 176 μg/m3 and minimum value of 96 μg/m(micrograms per cubic meter).

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

Yesterday, the average 24 hour concentration of respirable particles was between 140 and 230 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,” it added.

Moreover, employers must take the appropriate measures (organisational or technical) after assessing the risks that their employees face while working in open spaces. It is recommended that 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.

Meanwhile the Met Office said that Friday will start off mainly fine but clouds in the afternoon are expected to lead to isolated showers or thunderstorms mainly in the mountains, inland and on the north coast. Hail is possible in the event of a thunderstorm.

Temperatures will be 31 C inland, 30 C on the south coast, 28 C on remaining coasts and 19 C in the mountains.

On Saturday the weather will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms expected in the afternoon, mainly in the mountains, inland and the south and east coast.

Temperatures will fall slightly to average for the time of year.

Sunday and Monday will see mainly fine weather interspersed with clouds while isolated showers and or thunderstorms are expected in the mountains and inland in the afternoon.

Temperatures will edge down mainly in the mountains and inland.