Crete atmosphere clears but particulate concentration remains high

Dust over Heraklion ,23rd March 2018

Crete was covered in the heaviest cloud of dust of the last 10 years, with concentrations of PM10 particulates reaching 500 mg/m3.

A total of 25  people were admitted to hospitals  with respiratory problems  across Crete,  (17 in Heraklion and 4 in each Rethymnon and Chania).

The dust has receded with changing winds but the concentration of particulates remains high.

Wind direction is expected to turn  southerly again on Monday, but not of the intensity experienced on Thursday when winds reached 60 mph,  and with it the probability of more dust.

Authorities once again, advise vulnerable groups to avoid outdoor activities.