The Meteorological Agency in the Upper East Region has asked the public to wear nose masks and stay indoors as much as they can. This is so that they can protect themselves from the effects of the weather and the rising dust levels.
For residents in the Upper East, the quality of the air has been a major challenge in recent weeks. The atmosphere has been filled with dust and some extreme haziness.
Extreme Hazy Weather Due to Winds from Sahel
Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, the Upper East Regional Director for the Meteorological Agency, Abu Braimah, explained that the extreme hazy weather and the floating particles and elements in the atmosphere, as has been reported by many residents in the region, is due to winds from the Sahel.
“What is happening presently in the Upper East Region is not from Ghana but rather from the Sahel – Niger and parts of the Sahara desert. These are winds. We are experiencing cold from there, and because of the intensification of the wind, it is bringing all the cold and haziness to Ghana,” he said.
Health Hazards and Precautions
“This weather situation is actually hazardous and has an effect on human life. The only thing is that we have to be cautious and encourage people to use nose masks and stay indoors just to protect themselves,” he said.