Strong winds and rain have kept particulate pollution levels low over the last few weeks in Eastbourne. Everyone from NASA to Luftdaten.info to little monitoring stations like this one have been observing the lower incidence of pollution due to reduced industrial and transport activity. With the warmer weather less fuel has had to be burned for heating buildings too.
Back at the start of the lockdown we observed a peak in pollution, but this has not been the pattern throughout. Levels have generally stayed low, only peaking when the wind direction has shifted to south through south-easterly, which brings the output of the local waste water treatment plant our way.
Monitoring will continue as the lockdown lifts and we will watch to see whether we see a corresponding rise to match the drop over the last few months.