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Volcano and Sahara Dust Dirty the Air

After a few days of haze, Monday the air turned dusty and visibility decreased. The problem is a combination of the Soufriere volcano in Montserrat going off combined with Sahara dust blowing across the Atlantic from the Sahara Desert, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“There’s a level of dirty air across the region. It’s really dense today,” Ernesto Morales said from San Juan.

According to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory website, the volcano experienced ash-venting activity on Friday but conditions have since returned to normal.

A wind shift from the northeast should drive the dirty air away Tuesday, Morales said.

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He said residents across the Virgin Islands should expect rain showers Wednesday and Thursday.

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