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Grass blooming in Central Europe

The grass season is long - and Central Europe is in the midst of the blooming. Northern Europe is starting to feel the season.

Birch pollen – the north gets the rest

The birch pollen season is almost finished in most of Central and South Europe. The inhabitants of the northern regions can still expect moderate to high levels, as the weather (finally) warms up.

A first look at the grass pollen season

Grass pollen is the most common pollen allergy in Europe and the season is well under way. Central Europe can expect high levels, while the cold weather further north let us wait for the spread.

The birch pollen front continues north – temporary slowdown due to colder weather

Central Europe past the peak, Nordic countries still on the rise The birch pollen season has seen...

Birch pollen season in full swing in Europe

The birch pollen season is at its height in Central Europe, with high levels recorded across the continent. Southern Scandinavia is starting to feel the birch as well, and will see increasing pollen levels the next ten days.

High birch pollen levels expected across Central Europe

Temperatures are rising in Europe and birch pollen levels will be high across Central Europe and southern UK. The front is moving northwards, and Southern Scandinavia and Finland will also see birch pollen levels on the rise.

Birch pollen high in France and Austria – onset further north delayed

Due to warm weather, the birch pollen has increased rapidly in Southern France and Austria the last days. Low temperatures are likely to delay the onset of birch pollen further north.

Oslo – less cars but bad air

Oslo, Norway, is like many other cities under Corona virus lockdown. Less traffic let us expect good air quality, but the opposite proved true for the end of March. We investigate reasons behind the high PM2.5 values.

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