It may seem far-fetched, but the Sahara dust reached Mexico over the weekend, especially in the Caribbean.
During the summer, this mass of air is generated in 11 African countries and moves towards the Atlantic Ocean until it reaches America.
Among the characteristics of the arrival of this African dust is that the day becomes grayish and the sunsets reddish.
This type of phenomenon occurs every year and is normal, so it does not represent any danger to the population.
The state coordination of Civil Protection of Quintana Roo explains that sand and dust storms are common meteorological phenomena in arid and semi-arid regions.
The dust originates from minerals in the northern African zones, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, and China.
The amount of Sahara dust that enters the country will depend on the intensity of the wind, and the southeast of the country is one of the regions where it enters commonly.
This phenomenon does not reach the center or the Bajio in the Mexican Republic because the Sierra Madre Oriental represents a natural barrier so that the dust does not enter the rest of the territory.
“The Sahara dust does not represent a danger to the population in Mexico; its effect is more direct on the amount of cloudiness and rainfall,” Civil Protection explains on Twitter.
Recommendations for the arrival of Sahara dust in Mexico
Although it does not represent a risk to the population, Civil Protection announced the following recommendations:
-Do not expose yourself to concentrations of the dust cloud.
-Use glasses and a mask or scarf, especially in case of respiratory diseases.
-The agency also called on the population not to pay attention to rumors and to remain attentive to the information disseminated through its social networks.