While the Jamaica Meteorological Service expects the bothersome Saharan dust to ease by early next week, another plume is already en route to the Caribbean on Friday (June 18).
Satellite imagery tracking the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), notes the presence of another massive cloud, spanning thousands of kilometres, just halfway across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Met Office, in its forecast, said a high-pressure ridge and low-level jet stream are expected to remain across Jamaica over the next few days.
Windy conditions are expected to persist mainly across southern parishes. Additionally, expect hazy conditions to continue across the island due to the Saharan dust plume moving across the region.
Jamaicans living in hilly areas and western parishes can look forward to isolated afternoon shower activity; it should be partly cloudy and hazy elsewhere. Windy conditions will persist mainly across southern parishes.
Three-day weather outlook for Jamaica:
Saturday/Sunday: Partly cloudy morning. Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms across western parishes. Windy across southern parishes.
Monday: Partly cloudy morning. Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms mainly across northern parishes. Windy across southern parishes.
The Saharan dust phenomenon has beset parts of the island for days, with Jamaica and other Caribbean islands being completely covered by the Saharan dust earlier this week.
By Friday, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands are still largely blanketed by the dust cloud, while Cuba, Hispaniola and sections of the Bahamas have been afforded some respite.
Puerto Rico as well as northern parts of the Leeward Islands are in the path of a smaller Saharan dust plume.
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