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Pictures: Smog over Halifax

Officials have warned a smog cloud over the country could trigger health difficulties for those with respiratory illnesses and the elderly, although it does not pose a health threat for the general population.

Smog over Halifax

Large parts of England will see air pollution climb to moderate levels today while parts of the north will see it hit nine out of 10.

The town's skyline obscured by the smog

Health warning issued as Rotherham among highest at risk from 'toxic' smog

Britain has been placed on a health alert because a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution is blowing over the country, with Rotherham expected to be one of the places most at risk.

Rotherham will be one of the places hit worst by air pollution

Experts said the smog could cause fatal asthma attacks and have warned the elderly and those with health problems to be cautious.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said air pollution was blowing in from Europe and mixing with home-grown smog to create the problem.

South Yorkshire will reach level 7 on the air pollution index Credit: Defra

Officials warned this could trigger health difficulties for those with respiratory illnesses and the elderly, although it does not pose a health threat for the general population.

Large parts of England will see air pollution climb to moderate levels today while parts of the north will see it hit nine out of 10.

Rotherham is the main area hit by air pollution in the region Credit: Defra

A Defra spokeswoman said: "Winds bringing in pollution from the continent, combined with locally generated pollution and still weather conditions has led to some high pollution measurements across the UK.

A Met Office spokeswoman said high pressure and very few winds is causing the pollution patch to hang around.

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, warned asthmatics to:

  • Check air pollution forecasts
  • Carry their reliever inhaler with them at all times
  • Ensure they take their preventer inhaler every day

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