The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Sunday, 23 February

Predicted Pollution and Respiratory Risk

As reported in the national media, today is expected to see the highest levels of atmospheric pollution affect large parts of the country. DEFRA was aware of the potential for a 'perfect storm' at the beginning of the week...and the potential for respiratory irritation

 

Yesterday, Thursday 9 April, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs published its first high pollution warning which has been updated this morning. DEFRA was aware of the potential for a 'perfect storm' at the beginning of the week.

 

Forecast Today (10 April)

Levels of air pollution are forecast to become high in many areas of central, eastern and northern England, with locally very high levels forecast for a time in the far southeast of England. This is due to a combination of pollutants trapped near the ground, a light southeasterly flow bringing additional pollutants from the continent and in addition, a small amount of Saharan dust in the air. Across the rest of the United Kingdom, levels of air pollution are expected to be mainly moderate.

 

Outlook

During Saturday, clearer Atlantic air will spread from the northwest across all areas, bringing air pollution levels down to moderate or low during Saturday and mainly low with isolated moderate levels for Sunday and Monday.

 

Early warning

The air pollution forecast and health advice was issued for the week starting 6 April 2015 and indicated early that air pollution levels were expected to rise over five days, with isolated highs possible in localised areas on Thursday and high or very high levels for Friday. This is due to locally generated particulate matter combining with pollution blown in from the near continent - and a contribution from Saharan dust.

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards said: "PHE provides advice to Defra on the health effects of air pollution. While most people will not be affected by short-term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly 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, 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."

Picture: Pollution alert

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

Breathing Life Into London's Lungs As Pollution Death Rate Rises

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has strengthened his commitment to protect London’s Green Belt and other important open spaces for future generations and set out...

 Read Full Article
RBS Swings Environmental Axe In National Tree Week

In one year, the energy saving additive EndoTherm has helped RBS to reduce its energy consumption by 29% and carbon emissions by 10 tonnes. The new innovation, a...

 Read Full Article
All Aboard On The Air Quality Charabanc

Local authorities and bus companies in Bristol, York, Brighton, Surrey, Denbighshire and Wiltshire have been awarded 11 million funding under the government’s...

 Read Full Article
Patience Must Prevail in UK Air Pollution Plight

Amid a recent flurry of headlines around air pollution in the UK, Bureau Veritas has been quick to assert that patience must prevail as there are many major challenges to...

 Read Full Article
Air Action Due - Diesel and Petrol Banned?

  The government, in the form of Environment Minister Michael Gove, confirmed on Wednesday 26 that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel...

 Read Full Article
Draft Plans or Daft Plans?

ClientEarth is a high-powered group of environmental lawyers and activists. They say a High Court judgment delivered on Wednesday July 5 on air pollution is a 'shot...

 Read Full Article
Driving the Air Quality and Congestion Argument

Former racing driver and Confused.com motoring Editor Amanda Stretton says she has a solution for the impact cars have on air quality. She says: “The air...

 Read Full Article
All I Need is the App That I Breath

The City of London Corporation has launched a new version of its City Air App, giving users access to real-time air pollution data to automatically find the lowest...

 Read Full Article
All I Need is the Air that I Breathe

A study has found that the impact of road transport on air quality is not given sufficient priority in UK transport planning. Alongside a lack of joined-up government,...

 Read Full Article
Bo Jo Goes for NO2 Show

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has just published the world’s first report to use updated methods to assess the true health and economic impacts of air...

 Read Full Article