fbpx

Birch pollen season in full swing in Europe

-

Central Europe peaks, Scandinavia on the increase

Currently, the birch pollen season is at its height in Central Europe. High levels are recorded in France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and the Benelux countries, see the map below. In Southern Scandinavia, the season has also started for real.

Birch pollen 22 April 2020
Estimated levels for birch pollen in Europe 22 April 2020. Red colour means high pollen levels, yellow moderate, dark green low-moderate and light green low levels.

Looking forward – increase in the north, decline in the south

For the next ten days, the front will continue to move northwards, and in Norway also westwards. We therefore expect high levels in Northern Germany, Denmark, the Baltic states, and Southern parts of Sweden, as well as in the Southeast of Norway. Further south, however, birch pollen levels have probably already peaked. Italy, France and the UK are likely to see declining levels.

Birch pollen forecast for 01 May 2020
Birch pollen forecast for 01 May 2020. Red colour means high pollen levels, yellow moderate, dark green low-moderate and light green low levels.

Follow the pollen season with Airmine

You may also be interested in our other stories on pollen in Europe. Our video showing the average development of birch pollen confirms that the birch pollen season is more or less as normal in Central Europe and delayed in Northern Scandinavia.

Credits: Maps and figures created with contributions from Rasmus Moldstad Bakken.

Stay updated!

We keep your data private.

Airmine app

Track your symptoms to air pollution and pollen & get local air quality forecasts

Get it on Google Play

Latest

Winter is coming – with polluted air

As we enter the colder months on the northern hemisphere, air pollution levels rise. Much of Europe is affected, but can hardly match the soaring levels in Northern India.

Smoke from west? No, dust from east

Did the huge forest fires on the US West Coast in September impact air quality in Europe? Not really, the measurements show. What did have an impact, was dust transported by winds from south east.

Better air in Beijing than San Francisco

Last week, you'd rather breathe Delhi air than take a stroll in San Francisco. Smoke and ashes from the huge forest make air quality on the US West Coast the worst in the world.

Air pollution shortens more lives than smoking, drugs and malaria

Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, air pollution remains the single major contributor to loss in life expectancy across the globe.

Has air quality improved during lockdowns?

Delhi has had much cleaner air during the Covid-19 lockdowns, whereas we do not find the same improvement in PM2.5 levels in Oslo, Norway.

Nairobi: Don’t take a deep breath if you don’t have to

The notorious traffic jams of Nairobi bring deadly air pollution to its inhabitants. Removing catalytic converters does not help.