A cloud of fine dust was left hanging over Cyprus today. The air was very still and temperatures unseasonably high as a fine yellow dust, that could have been mistaken for mist, lurked over land and sea.
The source was a major dust storm over Libya; the increased frequency and intensity of these dust storms is a sign of climate change.
Here, the plume is thickest over the Gulf of Sidra – so dense, in fact, that it appears almost as an extension of Libya’s land. It extends far north over the sea, between Greece (top, centre) and Sicily (top, left edge).