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Saharan dust: When is it coming to Florida? What is it?

ORLANDO, Fla. — A plume of dust from Africa arrived in Central Florida on Wednesday.

Saharan dust plumes are common in the western hemisphere during the summer months.

These tiny dust particles travel for thousands of miles through what is known as the Saharan Air Layer and are clearly visible on satellite images.

PHOTOS: Saharan dust as seen in Central Florida: Sunrises, sunsets, hazy & milky skies

HEADS UP: Today, the dust arrives. Increased breathing issues for sensitive groups. I’ll track the dust each morning on Channel 9.

Posted by Brian Shields on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The dust will make sunrises and sunsets more colorful.

However, it will slightly lower the air quality and could cause increased breathing issues for sensitive groups.

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Meteorologist Brian Shields said the dust won’t affect Central Florida’s forecast for now.

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You can watch the dust arrive in real-time here.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

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