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Saharan dust adds to summer heat in the Dominican republic

The Dominican Republic is experiencing particularly hot summer weather. The meteorological agency (ONAMET) says that dust from the Sahara is affecting the Caribbean region bringing a blanket of haze. Drought is also affecting the country and its water supplies. Onamet director Gloria Ceballos warned that the Saharan dust could cause respiratory problems and eye inflammation in some cases. The tiny particles are also known to contribute to cardiovascular problems as well as respiratory diseases like asthma, especially in children.

Over the weekend, the effects of the heat wave were relieved by brief but very welcome showers caused by a trough passing over the country.

Onamet is forecasting high temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius for Greater Santo Domingo and lows of 24-26C in the early mornings.

Source: DR1

Category: DR News |

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