NEWS

Wind change blows away African dust

The dust clouds that have covered much of Greece over the last few days began dispersing yesterday afternoon and should leave a much cleaner and less muggy atmosphere behind them, weather experts said yesterday. The thick clouds of dust from North Africa are a normal phenomenon for this time of year, brought on by strong southerly winds caused by Saharan depressions. A change in the wind, which turned northerly yesterday afternoon, is expected to help blow the dust away, according to the National Meteorological Service. Experts said that the dust is only a danger to people with breathing problems. «It does not affect us in any way,» said pneumology professor Panayiotis Behrakis. «It is a natural, tried and tested phenomenon. Normal city pollution or smoking a cigarette is worse for us.»