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New dust alert for Wednesday, third in as many days

A new alert has been issued warning of high concentrations of dust in the air today — the third in as many days.

It comes as a heat wave continues to grip Cyprus, with an orange alert in force from 10 am to 5 pm today.

In an announcement, the Labour Ministry said measurements from ground Stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network showed high concentrations of dust.

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, it said.

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, it added.

In detail, the latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 7:00 am in the following areas are:

Nicosia: 100 μg/m3

Limassol: 93 μg/m3

Larnaca: 83 μg/m3

Paphos: 88 μg/m3

Paralimni: 72 μg/m3

Zygi: 61 μg/m3

Ayia Marina Xyliatou: 73 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 metre).

More information on the measured pollutant concentrations and real-time updates is available online at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free mobile application ‘Air Quality Cyprus’.

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