Dust clouds Cairns
UPDATE: Far Northern residents have woken to skies clouded with dust and smoke.
Hazy, smoky conditions have been reported throughout the region, including as far as Kowanyama to the west of Cairns, and throughout the Atherton Tableland.
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Firefighters reported no new fires, but believe the smoky conditions are again caused by fires near the Gillies Highway and Goldsborough Valley that have been responsible for several smoky days.
Dust that swept through Sydney and Melbourne yesterday arrived in Cairns late last night.
People with asthma and respiratory problems are advised to avoid spending time outdoors.In southern cities, the dust storm was considered to be the worst in 70 years.
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The weather bureau says the dust will continue to dissipate and move northeast thoughout the day.
Senior forecaster Richard Jardine said the dust the Far North was experiencing was far less serious than it had been in southern cities, with visibility in the Far North was between 4000m and 7000m, compared with visibility of just 200m to 300m in Sydney yesterday.
"A lot of the dust has already settled," he said.
"It has already cleared through Brisbane and in the Gulf, around Normanton and Georgetown.
"(In Cairns) it will slowly improve during the course of the day."
He said the dust would not affect commercial flights to Cairns, although some light aircraft may not be able to fly because of the low visibility.
A fine, clear day is expected for Cairns tomorrow.
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A weather bureau image of the dust.
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