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Press Release Islamabad, 01st March 2022
 
Early Pollen observed in Islamabad/Rawalpindi

As a results of mostly less rain and above normal day temperature prediction over Islamabad/Rawalpindi cities in coming few weeks, the pollen is likely to start early say in first week of March in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and expected to attain peak during second fortnight of March 2022. Pollen season is expected to end by mid-April. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has been monitoring the airborne pollen in Islamabad throughout the year. Pollen monitoring unit of PMD has installed pollen monitoring devices in different sectors of Islamabad (H-8, E-8, F-10 and G-6). The pollen concentration increases gradually with the onset of spring season and attains its peak around full blossom. The most abundant pollen types in Islamabad are from 08 plant species (i. e. Paper Mulberry, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pines, Grasses, Cannabis, Dandelion and Alternaria). Out of all these plants Paper Mulberry shares about 97% of the total pollen and its concentration touches the extreme limits of about 40,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of the blossom season. People suffering from Asthma and respiratory diseases experience serious consequences due to sharp increase in pollen concentrations. PMD will continuously publish pollen concentration data throughout the pollen season on its website and print/electronic media on daily basis. This concentration data will be regularly uploaded on PMD website: www.pmd.gov.pk .Public may contact at following phone numbers for related information; 051-9250745, 051-9250364 and 051-9250369 or email at pollen@pmd.gov.pk for queries regarding pollen count.

  (Spokesperson)
  Met Office
 
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