A cloud of sand will cover France this week

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[EN VIDÉO] Sahara sand cloud over France
This phenomenon occurs several times a year, but this time it is particularly dense and extensive, resulting in spectacular images.

After cloud exceptional sand that swept across France in last March 15then from March 28 a slightly less violent, new cloud of sand from the Sahara will hit the country from next Tuesday. The famous sirocco will be talked about next week: it wind storm rages over the Sahara will advance the sand of the desert in the atmosphere, and these particles will touch France at the beginning and middle of the week.

This powerful southerly stream should generate a significant amount of dust: a priori, they will be present in greater numbers than during the March 28 event, but perhaps not as much as during the March 15 sand cloud that caused orange skies over most of the country and coloration of the mountains.

Mild Tuesday, then sandy rain on Wednesday

The growth of this air hot and dry weather from North Africa will cause temperatures to rise in France, with most of the country likely to reach 20°C next Tuesday. From Wednesday, the return of more unsettling weather should lead to the return of sandy showers, information to take into account for those who want to wash their car in the coming days!

France under a cloud of sand from the Sahara until at least Thursday

Article Karin Duranpublished March 16, 2022

Powerful South Stream continues to carry a large amount of Saharan sand across the country until Thursday. Discover images of the southwest covered in sand, from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast.

Vigorous flow from south to southeast, called in meteorologythat colored the sky of the Maghreb, Spain and most of France. This brings soft air, but also causes the sand cloud to move from the Sahara to France and on to the British Isles and the Netherlands.

On Monday, winds were blowing at speeds of up to 110 km/h in North Africa, and up to 100 km/h in the southwest. pushing those dust particles throughout the region. A situation that occurs on average one to three times a year in the south of France with varying intensity.

Dusty skies, colorful mountains and a pollution episode

This week’s episode, one of the strongest in the last 10 years, especially this Tuesday, and a significant layer of sand covered the peaks of the Pyrenees, making them look like the dunes of the Sahara! This coloration Coat Pyrenean snow will affect the albedo, reducing the reflectivity of the snow: so brown snow should melt much faster than white snow.

Sand is also present on roads and cars from the Occitania region to the Ile de France, including in Paris after sand showers on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, which is an exceptional case.

This rising sand important, since during the strongest episodes fine particle pollution peak can be registered. This is the deterioration of air quality associated with particles PM10 may exacerbate breathing problems in people who are already susceptible. This sand contains not only pollutants, but also bacteria and mushrooms.

This vibe dusty it also has another consequence – the darkening of the sky and even coloring it in the strongest episodes. Skies over much of the country appeared hazy over Tuesday and Wednesday, limiting the intensity of the sun’s rays. sun. This milky sky turned orange over three-quarters of the country, as has happened in recent years with the same weather situation. Due to this sand-filled cloud cover, temperatures that should have risen sharply on Wednesday finally turned out to be lower than expected. The phenomenon will continue this Thursday until the wind direction changes and rain resumes between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

In Algeria and Spain, skies turned red on Monday, creating an apocalyptic atmosphere over southern Europe and the Maghreb.

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