High pollution levels expected to fall in London

High pollution levels in London are expected to fall. The capital has been blighted by increased levels this week with London Ambulance Service reporting a 14 per cent increase in emergency calls for people experiencing breathing problems.

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'Very high' pollution levels in south east and London

The south east and Greater London are currently experiencing "very high" levels of pollution, Defra has warned.

Purple areas are experiencing 'very high' pollution levels, green areas have 'low' levels.
Purple areas are experiencing 'very high' pollution levels, green areas have 'low' levels. Credit: Defra

Eastern England has been hit with "high" pollution levels so far this morning, Defra's Air Quality Index showed at 9am.

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People with health problems 'should reduce exertion'

People with health problems should reduce strenuous outdoors exertion in light of high pollution levels in London, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have warned.

Advice on the Defra's website says:

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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Health warnings as high levels of pollution spread

Health warnings have been issued as "high" levels of pollution spread across southern England.

Southern parts of England are experiencing high levels of pollution. Credit: Met Office

Large parts of southern England have "high" levels of pollution, with some parts "very high", this morning's forecast said.

The increased pollution levels have been caused by a combination of light south-easterly winds, the continental air flow and dust which has blown up from the Sahara desert.

Asthmatics have been told they may need to use their blue reliever inhalers more often over the next few days, while people with lung and heart problems have been told to avoid strenuous exercise.

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