Moderate smog alert issued in Budapest

Transport

Budapest Mayor Istán Tarlós has issued a moderate smog alert due to high concentrations of dust in the air on both Saturday and Sunday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported this morning.

Smog over Budapest. (Photo: MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry)

This level of alert means that those who are sensitive to poor air quality or who have respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed and to also avoid exposure along roads with heavy traffic. According to MTI, the capital rarely issues a higher level smog alert.

In the event of a higher level smog alert, however, cars could be denied entrance to the capital based on their license plate number, odd numbers on one day and even numbers on another, to limit the concentration of pollution in the air in the cityʼs core.

In addition to the capital, other large Hungarian cities, such as Miskolc and Debrecen, have also had issues with smog, MTI added.

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