Dry and gusty conditions could bring dust to the ACT today

ACT Health is advising the Canberra community that the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting dry conditions and strong winds today, with the potential for raised dust to reduce air quality.

If this occurs, atmospheric dust will likely impact Canberra in the afternoon and into the evening.

People who are sensitive to air pollution, such as those with heart or lung conditions, are encouraged to minimise vigorous outdoor exercise during this period and take their medication as prescribed by their doctor. Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, should seek medical attention.

Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice from their health practitioner, and anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should seek urgent medical assistance. In the event of a medical emergency call 000.

For further information on managing your health during dust storms, visit: https://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-11/2018Jul06%20-%20Dust%20Storm%20Factsheet%20FINAL.PDF

For further information on weather conditions, visit: www.bom.gov.au

ACT Health will continue to monitor the air quality in the ACT and will advise the public if additional public health advice is warranted.

Page last updated on: 12 Feb 2019