Pollen counts are up and running In Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban and strong differences have emerged between the four regions.
High tree pollen counts
Tree pollen counts are high in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Cypress tree is the dominant pollen in Cape Town while Plane tree pollen is the most abundant pollen in Johannesburg. Weed and grass pollen were low in both cities and so were fungal spore levels.
All pollen and fungal spore levels were low in Bloemfontein.
High Mould levels
In Durban mould levels were high, especially Cladosporium, an allergenic mould, or fungal spore while pollen levels were low and just a few tree pollen grains were present in the atmosphere