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Sahara Dust covers the islands of Crete and Rhodes (pictures)

The sky over the islands of Crete and Rhodes in the south Aegean Sea has been covered with billions of Sahara dust particles coming from North Africa. While large parts of Greece are dealing with huge volumes of rain, Crete and Rhodes have been under attack by billions of particles of Sahara dust. For one more time, Crete is covered with the yellow dust that creates surreal landscapes.

Palaiochora via tonia Pagoni (meteokrites)

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Lasithi mountains covered by the dust via Theodoros Matzavakis

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via Georgia Markaki


The dust is been carried to the island by the powerful south and southwest winds that temporarily strike with gusts of 95 km/h and 10 Beaufort.

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via Tonia Pagoni

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Video: Agios Nikolaos at 10 a.m. Friday morning

The phenomenon does not affect the island of Crete only but also other islands in the Aegean Sea up to the North.

Health and Environmental authorities on Crete have issued a warning for the citizens as the Sahara dust will strike Crete until the early morning of Saturday, January 26, 2019.

The warning urges citizens especially with heart and respiratory problems to stay inside, and people over 65 to avoid outdoors activities. Special care should be taken for children.

Sahara Dust – Rhodes, Dodecanese via Stavros Kesedakis

Barometric low Phoebus has been striking Greece with rainfalls, storms, hail and snow, since beginning of the week.

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Parnassos Mt, Central Greece via

Weather forecast with barometric low Phoebus here.

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