Strong warm winds caused dust storms that swept over South Australia on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. An emergency warning has been issued in the state, and people with breathing problems have been advised to stay at home.
Dust started to rise on Monday 24 May due to strong winds. The storm continued on Tuesday, affecting motorists' morning trips. Authorities have advised people with breathing problems and asthma to stay at home and see a doctor if their condition worsens.
Strong winds have brought with them a cold front that is moving into South Australia and the Northern Territory amid the low temperatures that set in overnight in the Gulf. It is also possible the formation of high waves, which are predicted to hit the southeast coast of Queensland.
Felim Hanniffy, a senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said a significant storm would hit later Tuesday and eventually move further southeast.
"This is due to the rather intense low pressure system that has formed and continues to move slowly off the northern island of New Zealand."
Meteorologists predict showers and storms in the southern regions of the Northern Territory and colder temperatures in Western Australia and Victoria.