There were high levels of dust recorded in the atmosphere over Cyprus on Thursday with nearly double the accepted limit in some areas, according to measurements of the Air Quality Monitoring Network.
Paralimni and Nicosia are towns with the highest concentration of dust in the air which adds to the discomfort as the weather is also warmer than usual for this time of year.
Authorities have urged the public, especially vulnerable groups (children, the elderly) to avoid circulating in open areas until the phenomenon passes.
The small size of respirable particles in dust may have negative effects on human health or those with respiratory diseases.
Employers must take appropriate measures (organizational and/or technical) after assessing any risks that their employees may face while working outdoors, it is recommended that workers in such spaces use appropriate protection.
Dust refers to respirable particulate matter of a diameter smaller than 10 μm (PM10) in the air.
According to legislation, daily average concentrations should not exceed 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
Real-time updates are available online at www.airquality.gov.cy and through the free mobile application ‘Air Quality Cyprus’.
Latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 11 am are:
Nicosia: 85 μg/m3
Limassol: 65.8 μg/m3
Larnaca: 78 μg/m3
Paphos: 46.1 μg/m3
Paralimni: 81.1 μg/m3
Zygi: 61.9 μg/m3
Ayia Marina Xyliatou: 70.5 μg/m3