Sahara sand dust expected in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday, accompanied by thunderstorms

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on June 18th, 2024 at 10:07 a.m.
This Wednesday, sand dust from the Sahara will once again arrive in France, where a conflict of air masses is bringing rain and violent thunderstorms, which could lead to its deposition on surfaces.

In 2022, the capital had experienced several sandstorms, in the midst of severe heatwaves, putting organisms to the test. In April 2024, temperatures rose sharply to 27 degrees, with a major pollution spike due to sand dust from the Sahara. This Wednesday, June 19, despite much gloomier weather, the sand is back, accompanied bythunderstorms and rain, which will help to deposit it on surfaces.

This phenomenon will affect three-quarters of the country, except the north-west, and will overfly the south-east from Tuesday evening, driven by strong winds. According to Météo France, this isolated cold drop off the coast of Portugal is"straightening the flow and accelerating it", creating a jet between the Maghreb and the south of France. The dust will therefore make a comeback, peaking on Thursday June 20, before disappearing to the east of the country.

With this rain, the Parisian sky should bemilky and slightly orange! If the sand comes from the same place as two years ago, it could once again contain radioactive caesium 137, as well as elements harmful to health, with a significant rise in PM10 concentrations.

As always, we strongly advise you toavoid excessive physical activity outdoors, and to wear a mask if you are at risk of respiratory problems. Since 2022, these episodes have been multiplying and are set to become even more widespread in the future due to climate disruption.

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