What is the location of the dust storm?
Spain and southern Europe are experiencing a sandstorm on June 11, 2023. The event is a result of large-scale transport of Saharan dust moving across the Mediterranean Sea (1).
The dust storm is impacting the air quality in most of the western Mediterranean, especially Spain. The country is currently experiencing a heat wave.
Which cities or areas are affected by the dust storm?
The cities and regions directly impacted by the dust storm include:
- Southern and eastern Spain
- Southeastern France
- Northern Italy
- Mediterranean islands, including Corsica, Sardinia, and the Balearic Islands
How long will the dust storm last?
Saharan sand and dust began to be transported to southern Europe on the weekend of July 7 through 9. While the exact duration of the dust storm isn’t certain, it is expected to peak on July 11.
Are there any alerts in place?
There are no emergency alerts at this time.
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