A dust cloud from the Sahara Desert hits Austin.  Here’s what to expect

A dust cloud from the Sahara Desert hits Austin. Here’s what to expect

A dust cloud from the Sahara Desert hits Austin.  Here’s what to expect

Central Texans with dust sensitivities should be extra cautious this week as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is predicting the air quality to reach the lower end of the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range until Friday due to dust from the Saharan Desert.

carried across the Atlantic Ocean from Northern Africa, the Saharan dust cloud –– a collection of hot air and dust plumes from the Sahara Desert –– is making its way to Texas which could lead to breathing issues for some. During the tropical weather season, Saharan dust travels through the Caribbean and to the Gulf Coast.

“It’s really exactly what it sounds like,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sodja. “It’s a layer of dust that is picked up off the Sahara Desert and transported across the ocean.”

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