'Antarctic blob' heading for NSW will bring high winds. AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), 'It looks like it's been snowing in Ballandean': Firefighters drive through hail en route to bushfire, Doctors warn of lasting effects of COVID-19 after recovering from disease themselves, Today's flight for Australians stuck in the UK is due to bring baby Charlie home for the first time, Live: Victorians brace for more cases in north Melbourne outbreak, How a dubious story about Joe Biden's son and his laptop went around the world, Documents Ghislaine Maxwell fought to keep secret related to financier Jeffrey Epstein released by US court. The BOM warned later today the air quality in Brisbane had plunged to “very poor” in areas including Southport, Cannon Hill, Mountain Creek and Lytton. "There was no wind so it was just slowly creeping in and was quite eerie. "We have had many dust storms come through in this crippling drought but this would have to be the worst of them all. Very poor air quality means the air is noticeably dusty or smoky, with a PM2.5 concentration of between 100 and 300 micrograms per square metre, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Brisbane residents awoke to a blanket of dust across the city this morning, with many people assuming it was smoke haze carried from bushfires in northern NSW. What's a microwave weapon and is the Havana Syndrome real? A front pushed up from the South Australia and New South Wales whipped up the dust storm stretching from the Northern Territory border to west of Saint George in Queensland. Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Lauren Pattie said the dust storm would continue east but dissipate before reaching the Darling Downs. Visibility was down to less than 1,000 metres in parts of the Channel Country with some volunteer weather observers reporting visibility at less than 100 metres. A satellite image from the BOM showed a large cloud of brown dust stretching from the mid north coast of NSW in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour up to Brisbane in Queensland. The next Queensland Premier will be female — but is feminism still a dirty word? Most people are able to go about their normal activities but sensitive groups are urged to monitor the situation and their health. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. Springfield, Southport, Woolloongabba, South Brisbane, Rocklea, Brisbane CBD, Lytton and Cannon Hill are among the locations seeing an elevated level of "health action". “Sensitive groups should reduce physical activity, actively monitor their symptoms, and follow their treatment plans. “If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to an airconditioned building like a library or shopping centre for a break if it is safe to do so.”, To join the conversation, please Log in. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Despite the intensity of the dust storm, BOM said these types of weather events were not uncommon during the summer months. "It is also spreading to north-east New South Wales as well ... all the way down to about Port Macquarie. A “very poor” air quality alert has been issued as a dust haze hangs over Brisbane and northern NSW, with residents urged to “avoid being outside”. Picture: BOM QueenslandSource:Twitter, RELATED: NSW RFS warns strong winds could fuel Pacific Highway blaze, The Bureau of Meteorology warned the air quality in Brisbane was poor. Sam Terry from The Weather Company said at 4.30pm visibility at Brisbane Airport had returned to 1800m, after dropping as low as 200m at midday. Queensland residents are being warned of poor air quality today as dust haze leads to "very poor" levels in parts of the city. Very large text size Dust clouds that caused havoc around South-East Queensland today are beginning to clear. A giant dust storm has brought visibility down to as low as 100 metres in parts of south-west Queensland. A line of dust up more than 500km long can be seen from the Victorian border, through Canberra and up to Queensland. Weather Australia: Country bracing for ‘multi-state thunders... Russia accused of using secret microwave weapon to attack CI... Man forced to hold down tiger snake for 30 mins in Melbourne. "It is fairly common for us to see dust associated with fronts and troughs moving through," Ms Pattie said. Trump releases unedited feisty interview before air date, Mysterious UFO shape draws eyes in photo competition, Severe thunderstorms across the country ahead of Grand Final weekend, Accused toolbox killers 'played video games while pair were tortured', Severe thunderstorms to impact eastern states ahead of Grand Final weekend, Queensland driver's dash camera captures two separate crashes in motorway pile-up, Accused toolbox killers allegedly played video games while pair were tortured. "It was just like someone had put a piece of red cellophane over the sun," she said. Don't have an account? Brisbane residents awoke to a blanket of dust across the city this morning, with many people assuming it was smoke haze carried from bushfires in northern NSW. The department warned people in these areas might experience symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath. Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains, Dust was visible via satellite images today.
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