Time-lapse video captures dust clouds over Athens

The eerie, orange-hued phenomenon of the Saharan dust blanketing Athens during the week has been captured by a time-lapse video released by Meteo weather service of the National Observatory of Athens.

The images were recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the dust cloud was at its strongest over Greece, before receding and moving further east.

Saharan dust covering Greece to subside on Wednesday

A major plume of Saharan dust that has affected much of Greece is expected to subside during the course of Wednesday, the National Observatory of Athens' DUST/METEO service said.

Prevailing west-northwesterly winds will gradually carry the dust toward the Aegean sea, while high concentrations are expected on Thursday over the islands of the Dodecanese. 

Martian skies over Athens? Greece’s capital turns an orange hue with dust clouds from North Africa

Skies over southern Greece turned an orange hue on Tuesday as dust clouds blown across the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa engulfed the Acropolis and other Athens landmarks.

Strong southerly winds carried the dust from the Sahara Desert, giving the atmosphere of the Greek capital a Martian-like filter in the last hours of daylight.

African dust creates otherworldly atmosphere

Athens and southern parts of the country were again enveloped in Saharan dust on Tuesday, with hues of yellow and orange creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

The heavy concentration of dust particles affected most people with respiratory conditions "through the degradation of air quality," as pointed out by the Hellenic Pulmonary Society.