Dusty downpours as Saharan Dust lands in Limerick

Saharan Dust spotted on cars in Limerick. Photo: Daniel Butler/Twitter.

MOTORISTS and people across Limerick were left baffled this week when they went out to their cars and discovered them covered in dust.

Many took to social media site X (formerly Twitter) to find out what the cause of the grainy residue was on their cars.

The dust is thought to have blown from the Sahara Desert with a warm weather front that is moving over Ireland.

Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather said that the Saharan dust is expected to remain over Ireland all week, but will only come down with rain showers.

“Dust will move over Ireland over coming days but stay above us unless you catch a shower that brings it down to the surface,” he wrote on X.

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“The dust will remain over us for the rest of the week but will only come down with showers,” he forecast.

Local Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler took to social media sharing a picture of his car with droplets of the dust visible on it.

“Sahara dust covering all of Limerick this morning. Reports from all over the county,” he wrote.

Met Éireann are forecasting a very warm weekend as the country basks in an Indian summer.

Temperatures on Thursday (September 7) are expected to hit 27 degrees, with the potential for heavy, thundery showers, the forecaster said.

Friday will again see highs of 27 degrees, while Saturday will bring the risk of heavy, thundery showers, with temperatures set to hit a maximum of 25 degrees.