Warning as Saharan Dust Causes Record Concentration of PM10 Particles

By , 28 Mar 2020, 15:44 PM Lifestyle
A map of the PM10 pollution at 15:00 Saturday, 29 March 2020 A map of the PM10 pollution at 15:00 Saturday, 29 March 2020 ARSO

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STA, 28 March 2020 - The Environment Agency (ARSO) has issued a warning for today about high concentrations of harmful PM10 particles for Slovenia after Saharan dust reached Europe on Friday. It has advised people to stay indoors.

An average daily concentration is expected to exceed 100 microgrammes per cubic metre, while the allowed daily concentration is 50 microgrammes.

The situation should gradually improve on Sunday, yet high concentrations are still expected in central and southern Slovenia, ARSO says on its website.

Very high concentrations, even around 400 microgrammes per cubic metre, were measured in Slovenia already on Friday.

"We're not used to such high concentrations," Janja Turšič from ARSO told the STA, adding she could not remember Slovenia ever having recorded such high levels.

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