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Authorities warn against outdoor exercise as sandy haze engulfs Israel

Air pollution levels remain high for second day in a row, but will improve by Wednesday night

View of Tel Aviv on a foggy day, March 24, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
View of Tel Aviv on a foggy day, March 24, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

For the second successive day, air pollution levels were high to very high throughout Israel, the Environmental Protection Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The situation is worse in the south, although much of Israel is wrapped in a sandy fog. The air quality is expected to improve on Wednesday night, the ministry said.

The Environmental Protection Ministry and Health Ministry have recommended that people reduce strenuous physical activity outdoors.

This is especially important for sensitive populations, such as those with heart and lung conditions, the elderly, children and pregnant women, who are to avoid physical activity outdoors altogether, as per the ministry’s recommendation.

The beach in Tel Aviv on a foggy day. March 24, 2021. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

According to the announcement, the air pollution is due to high concentrations of breathable particles in the atmosphere, caused by meteorological conditions. The low-pressure area above the Eastern Mediterranean sea creates strong winds, carrying dust from the Sinai desert and causing local sandstorms.

The ministries said that they will “continue to update the public as required in accordance with the forecast data and data measured at monitoring stations throughout the country.”

On Thursday, the cloudy weather is forecast to continue. However, starting Sunday, on Passover, the weather is set to improve.

View of Tel Aviv on March 24, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

 

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