Of all the weather warnings you really do not need mid-pandemic, we have to put this one right at the top. It has been confirmed that the air quality in Gauteng has taken a dramatic slide, as pollution levels continue to spike throughout the province. For the remainder of the week, the so-called ‘respiratory risk’ will remain in an elevated state.
Following periods of intense cold over the province, warmer weather has swept into Gauteng. That has also nudged the sunburn index in the wrong direction, and the risk of absorbing harmful UV rays has also increased in the last 24 hours. The pollen count and allergy risk will also see spikes between now and the weekend.
⚠️ ALERT: UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS IN GAUTENG FOR MAJORITY OF THIS WEEK, DUE TO ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS!!!— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) July 26, 2021
🫁 RESPIRATORY RISK: ELEVATED
🤧ALLERGY RISK: HIGH ‼️
☀️SUNBURN INDEX: HIGH/VERY HIGH ‼️‼️
NITROGEN DIOXIDE LEVELS | 📸 Windy pic.twitter.com/79Ulu711Df
Gauteng Weather shared an alert from their Twitter page, raising the alarm about the ‘unhealthy air quality’ threatening the region. Those vulnerable to respiratory issues have been told to take precautions, as the damaging levels of pollution pose yet another challenge for residents who have felt the full force of the COVID-19 resurgence in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, high levels of Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Dioxide are expected to be present over large parts of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Centurion. The morning rush hour will bring about a higher factor of pollution – and in some parts of Gauteng, it’ll be ‘off the scale’.
Thursday is another grim day for air quality in the province. Ventusky’s weather-tracking technology has labelled the pollution levels as ‘very unhealthy’ in several parts of Gauteng, with the West Rand looking particularly bleak.