High concentrations of dust are observed in the air today, 12 November 2019, according to measurements from ground Stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network operated by the Department of Labour Inspection.
The public, and particularly any vulnerable groups of population (children, older people, and the infirm) are urged to avoid circulating in open spaces until the observed episode has elapsed, as the small size of respirable particles in dust may have negative effects on human health.
Employers must take appropriate measures (organizational and/or technical) after assessing any risks that their employees may face while working in open spaces, and it is recommended that workers in such spaces use appropriate means of personal protection.
In detail, the latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 8:00 am in the following areas are:
Nicosia: 137 μg/m3
Limassol: 108 μg/m3
Larnaca: 71 μg/m3
Paphos: 68 μg/m3
Paralimni: 35 μg/m3
Zygi: 43 μg/m3
Ayia Marina Xyliatou: 26 μg/m3
It is noted that ‘dust’ refers to respirable particulate matter of a diameter smaller than 10 μm (PM10) in the air. According to the relevant legislation, a limit value not to be exceeded is set for the daily average concentrations at 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
More information on the measured pollutant concentrations and real-time updates is available online and also through the free mobile application ‘Air Quality Cyprus’.
Weather forecast till Friday
On Tuesday it will be clear, but late in the afternoon, there will be occasional high clouds. Temperatures will rise to about 29 degrees inland, around 28 on the coast and around 20 degrees on the highest mountains.
Tonight, the weather will be mostly cloudy with high clouds from time to time. Temperatures will drop to about 15 degrees inland, around 19 on the south and east coasts, around 18 on the west and north coasts, and around 13 degrees on the higher mountains.
On Wednesday, the weather will be partly cloudy, with high clouds and with the dust in the air.
On Thursday, the weather will be mostly cloudy, with rain or even thunderstorms in some areas.
On Friday, the weather will be partly cloudy, with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. There will sparse dust in the atmosphere, the gradual decline is expected on Friday.
Temperatures will drop slightly on Wednesday and Thursday but will remain above average climatic values. By Friday, temperatures are expected to drop in several areas and will be slightly above average climatic values.