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Saharan dust now over the Caribbean, moves into Texas over the next few days

Saharan dust could bring hazy conditions along with vivid sunrises and sunsets to Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — A large plume of Saharan dust has traveled thousands of miles across the open Atlantic, and can now be seen by satellite over the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. 

The plume of dust will filter into Texas and the southeast in the coming days, potentially bringing hazy conditions along with vivid sunrises and sunsets. This is not an uncommon occurrence for Texas, especially this time of year. 

Dust may be moving into coastal Texas by Thursday, but for Central Texas it appears the highest concentration of dust will take place Friday and Saturday. 

This means hazy conditions will be possible Friday, however, rain and storms around the area may mitigate the haziness to some extent. 

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The forecast will trend a bit drier for Saturday, and Saharan dust is still expected to be present across the area. This means hazy conditions will remain possible. 

Keep a close eye on the sunset Friday night and the sunrise Saturday morning. The presence of Saharan dust has been known to result in very vivid sunrises and sunsets. 

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Dust should mostly filter out of Central Texas by Sunday. The forecast also trends drier with highs in the low 90s. 

Saharan dust can cause issues with itchy throat, nose, and eyes for certain individuals. For these individuals it might be a good idea to limit outdoor exposure, especially for Friday and Saturday.  

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The KVUE Storm Team will keep a close eye on the forecast will provide frequent updates. 

The extended forecast can be found below:

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