While an anticyclone settles over France, the rate of fine particles in the atmosphere strongly increases. The pollution episode might last until Sunday. Despite the request of the city of Paris, the alternating circulation will not be setting up on Friday.
Revoilà the fine particles. While a new episode of atmospheric pollution with PM10 particles touches this Thursday, the Ile-de-France, the situation is expected to worsen on Friday. The concentration of particles should exceed the “alert threshold” of the public (80 µg/m3) tomorrow. “As there are fifteen days, the weather conditions that exacerbate pollution levels”, says Karine Léger, spokesperson Airparif.
According to the national platform for forecasting of the air quality Prev Air, the pollution episode, however, should be “more punctual and less intense” than that of the beginning of December, said on Thursday Airparif.
Restriction of speeds in the Île-de-France
However, the alternating circulation will not return in the immediate future. The prefecture of police of Paris announced on Thursday evening that it will not be put in place, despite the request of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, which called for its introduction “without delay”.
measures of restrictions of speed to 20 km/h on the main axes and the prohibition of the auxiliary heating or pleasure, the wood will, however, be applied. The heavy vehicles in transit exceeding 3.5 tonnes will have to also work around the capital by the Francilienne ring road. The industrial establishments are also encouraged to reduce their emissions of pollutants and exemptions from open burning of garden waste are suspended.
The residential parking is free on Thursday in the capital and will also be on Friday. “From the first day of peak pollution, the City of Paris has put in place today the residential parking free of charge, and will also be implemented on Friday the free services Velib’ and Autolib’ for new users by the day,” explains also the municipality in its press release.
the weight of The heating in the pollution
According to Airparif, the pollution today is due to half the emissions from vehicles and half wood heating, mode of heating strongly particle emitter when the fireplace is open.
“there’s a little less crowded to Paris (because of the holiday, editor’s note), but the paris conurbation and the region Ile-de-France are still a agglomeration consequent,” underlines Karine Léger. “It also makes a lot more cold, so it was over heating”.
Return possible rain Sunday
This new episode of pollution with fine particles, even if it will not reach the levels recorded during the peaks of pollution from the beginning of the month, is made possible by the presence of an anticyclone over the north of France. Météo France announced a possible return of the rains at the end of the weekend, which should put an end to the peak of pollution.
France is not the only one to be affected by an episode of air pollution. Thursday, the city council of Madrid (Spain) introduced the alternating circulation in the city centre, a first in the country.
Crit’Air is finally taking off
The new tile anti-pollution Crit’Air, used in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble, begin to seduce the French. According to RTL, the end of November, only 10 000 people in France had the color dot, but the peak of pollution in the first fortnight of December have boosted applications.
on Wednesday, the ministry of Ecology $ and 950 000 applications (700 000 individual and 250 000 companies), mainly in the Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes.