Worst of volcanic eruption is over say experts

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on April 21, 2010

On Tuesday night, officials announced that British airspace would be reopened. British Airways was the first to fly into Heathrow Airport arriving from Vancouver, Canada, after a week-long hiatus on all flights into the country. Since then, flights have been allowed to take-off from destinations around Europe, including Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid.

According to German authorities, airspace in Germany will reopen later today, but some aircraft have been allowed through German airspace already, provided they fly at low altitude. The World Meteorological Organisation said that the worst of the ash interruption from the volcano in Iceland seems to have subsided. According to the WMO, the ash cloud has been diminishing and current changes in wind direction are likely to result in the cloud being blown away from European airspace entirely.

Herbert Puempel, chief of the Aeronautical Meteorology Division for WMO, said that the danger for the atmosphere is dissipating, but that there is still some risk for people residing near the volcano. He added that the worst effects for the aviation industry are over, and that most other residual from the volcano will remain localised.

WMO has also forecasted that the high pressure system sitting over Iceland will begin to fade into a low-pressure system from Thursday onward. According to Puempel, the lower pressure system will result in rain, which should also help to dissolve the ash cloud left hanging over the continent.

According to experts, the upcoming weekend should see the worst of the situation completely resolved. Puempel stated that any remaining debris in the atmosphere should be pushed north towards the Arctic.

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