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Saharan Dust, Extreme Heat Making For Miserable Outdoor Activities

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Saharan dust that has blanketed most of the DFW Metroplex with a brown haze in the air is expected to stick around for a few more days.

CBS11 Meteorologist Jeff Ray has been tracking the dust and said, "Things will get a little bit better, but probably not until Thursday or Friday will we get back to where we actually have some blue skies."

Saharan dust in North Texas
Saharan dust in North Texas (CBS11)

In the meantime Ray's forecast for the haze means people with air quality sensitivities will have to endure the conditions for several more days.

Dr. James Haden of Haden Allergy pointed out the haze isn't an allergen but rather an irritant.

"You're not only being exposed to dust but you're being exposed to the ozone. Those are two different irritants acting together to cause more problems," said Dr. Haden.

He said the best thing for anyone with air quality sensitivities is to stay indoors and keep allergy medicine handy especially you typical from allergies.

The Saharan dust traveled more than 5,000 miles from the coast of Africa all the way to Texas.

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