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Sahara smog prompts warning over East Lancs air pollution levels
Updated 4:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014 in News
A SAHARAN dust cloud which has spread over parts of England will cause ‘moderate levels’ of air pollution in East Lancashire tomorrow, according to forecasters.
Health warnings have been issued by the government as a mix of European emissions and dust from the Sahara hit parts of southern England and the Midlands this week.
Defra ranks air pollution from one to 10, and Level 10 was reached in parts of East Anglia and the East Midlands on Tuesday.
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High levels of pollution are also forecast in Lincolnshire, eastern parts of Wales, through the Wirral and the north coast of Wales.
Sotiris Vardoulakis, of Public Health England, said: "Whilst most people will not be affected by short-term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.
"On occasions where levels are high, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms.
"People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.
"Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors."
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