”African dust” to set off environmental episode as high levels of pollution contaminate Spain’s Catalonia

An alert was already issued last Thursday in Barcelona and its surrounding area but the weather forecasts suggest that it will persist throughout the entire region.


The Generalitat of Catalunya has declared an episode of high pollution this Saturday. Dangerous levels of concentration have been detected in air particles throughout the autonomous region. The weather forecast predicts that the entry of Saharan dust will persist in the coming days. Last Thursday, after the storm, an alert was already issued in this regard that particularly affected Barcelona and 40 neighbouring municipalities. Today the alert has been extended due to to the persistence of the dust cloud.
According to those responsible for the Departments of Territory and Sustainability, a total of 22 atmospheric control stations have once again detected levels of pollutant particles above the daily limit, especially in Barcelona and territories that make up the metropolitan area. It is also expected to affect the entire region of Catalonia.
The declaration of high particle pollution episodes involves limiting the speed on fast access roads to Barcelona, ​​requesting that the public leave their private vehicles and use public transport, urging cement companies to reduce emissions and restrict municipal works that generate high levels of polluting particles.
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Luke Prothero