Libby Brixie captured a photo of a dust storm rolling towards Maryvale this morning.
Libby Brixie captured a photo of a dust storm rolling towards Maryvale this morning. Libby Brixie

Why a dusty haze is sweeping across Warwick

A BROWN band of dust sitting across the horizon in Warwick at the moment has travelled all the way from South Australia to colour the sky here.

Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology David Crock said a cold front moving through Warwick and the wider Darling Downs today was carrying the dust.

"Yesterday when it (the cold front) was further west it kicked up a lot of dust in the deserts and salt lakes in South Australia," Mr Crock said.

"That's been carried all the way across southern Queensland and through the Downs this morning."

Mr Crock said the worst of the storm had likely already moved through Warwick, but a bit of dust haze was expected to hang around into tonight.

Warwick was far from the only place hit by the dust, as Libby Brizie captured a striking photo of the dust as it rolled over Maryvale this morning.

The dust was thickest on the Darling Downs but also extended across most of southern Queensland, including as far north as Charleville, according to Mr Crock.

Weatherzone forecaster Kim Westcott said dust storms were generally caused by a lack of vegetation and wind.

"It's fairly normal thing to happen but you'll see that there's really dry conditions so it's been a lot more common over the last year or so," she said.

"Because it's windy, it's picked up the dirt and moved it around."

Ms Westcott said winds were currently gusting about 48-50km/hr in Warwick.

Higgins Storm Chasing also sent out an alert about the haze, predicting the dust would reach coastal areas by this afternoon.



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