The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) has advised that people allergic to dust should wear nose masks following a surge in dry and dusty atmospheric conditions in Ghana.
Ghana has been experiencing variations in the intensity of the dry and dusty conditions over the past weeks.
The GMA in a third harmattan advisory statement on Monday, February 20, 2023, explained that on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, meteorological satellites detected dust lifted around Chad, Sudan, and Niger.
This dust, it further explained, was transported into Ghana by strong winds at lower levels of the atmosphere.
It said while the dry weather conditions, cloudless skies, hot days and the dominance of minute dust particles suspended in the atmosphere were expected, high-pressure systems around the northern regions of Africa had stirred up dust over the region.
The GMA said the intensification of the dry and dusty conditions has resulted in dryness and decreased visibility, which may take some time to clear completely.
The agency further advised the public to keep hydrated, follow fire safety precautions, cover foods and water to prevent dust from settling on them, as well as wash fruits thoroughly before taking them.