RESIDENTS could wake to slightly hazy skies on the Gold Coast tomorrow, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning the dust cloud that engulfed New South Wales could reach us here in southeast Queensland.
The weather bureau says a light dust haze is likely to affect Brisbane and the Gold Coast later this afternoon and tonight, before clearing Friday.
While the dust isn’t expected to be as thick as it was when it rolled into Sydney on Thursday morning, it could be enough to trigger an asthma attack or allergic reaction.
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Raised dust was clearly visible on satellite imagery earlier on Thursday as strong gusty winds pushed through behind a line of mid-morning storms.
Raised dust is clearly visible on the satellite loop earlier this morning as strong gusty winds 💨 push through with the trough. Hazy conditions are possible as far east as Brisbane and southern coastal regions. See 🛰 https://t.co/lGWClL6S3N and @qldhealthnews for health advice. pic.twitter.com/eal89og3tE
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) November 22, 2018
Health officials are warning residents with respiratory issues to take precautions and stay indoors with windows and doors closed while the dust is in the air.
Queensland Health is also warning those with respiratory illnesses to avoid vigorous exercise and to seek help if they experience any adverse reactions to the dust, such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) November 22, 2018