Major Saharan dust event affecting Italy and the Balkans

Major Saharan dust event affecting Italy and the Balkans

A significant amount of Saharan dust is being transported from northern Africa into Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hungary and Serbia today. The event is expected to last for several days and reach far into eastern Europe.

This is already causing dirty skies across the region, particularly over southern Italy.

Very high load of dust is expected to affect the entire southern Italy at least until Saturday night, May 13. However, models suggest the event will continue until Tuesday, May 16, when the sky over southern Italy should be completely clear. 

Saharan dust event over Europe - May 12, 2017

Credit: EUMETSAT

Saharan dust event over Europe - May 12, 2017

Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS. Acquired: May 12, 2017

Saharan dust event over Europe - May 12, 2017

Credit: EUMETSAT

Featured image: Saharan dust over Calabria, Italy on May 12, 2017. Credit: Meteo in Calabria

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