The north-African dust and mud which has lingered in the skies above Cyprus is set to clear in the next 24 hours.

The dense cloud of orange dust blocked sunlight in many areas, cut airport visibility and increased the pollution index across the island.

Dust over the sea, shown on satellite

It lasted just for one day and is expected to subside tonight as the wind direction has changed and no longer carries the dust over the island.

According to state radio, dust in the atmosphere was at normal levels this morning.

It was significantly higher on Sunday - especially between 4pm and 10pm in Nicosia, where the highest levels were recorded.