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Pollution levels in London hit highest levels

by Martin Stew, ITV Weather Presenter
Londoners have experienced poor air quality over the past few days. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Pollution in London over the last 24 hours hit 10/10 which are classed as 'very high' levels according to the Met Office and Defra.

To put that in context we have seen nitrogen dioxide levels more than three times higher than the EU legal limit.

Read: 'Very high' pollution levels in south east and London

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Ed Davey whips out inhaler during energy questions

Ed Davey showed MPs he was among those suffering the effects of "very high" air pollution levels during Energy Secretary's Questions today.

The Energy Secretary whipped out his blue inhaler following a question on pollution, saying, "I'm sorry he is suffering, I can show him that I am suffering too".

He went on to say, "Air pollution is a very serious issue ... we take it very seriously."

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PM cancels morning run due to 'very high' pollution

David Cameron has revealed that he was forced to cancel his regular morning run due to the "very high" pollution levels.

London and other parts of southern England have been plagued by poor air quality in recent days.

The Prime Minister was forced to cancel his morning run. Credit: PA Wire

"I didn’t go for my morning run this morning. I chose to do some work instead. You can feel it," the Prime Minister told BBC Breakfast.

“But it’s a naturally occurring weather phenomenon. It sounds extraordinary, Saharan dust, but that is what it is.

Mr Cameron urged people to listen "very carefully" to what the Met Office is saying about the "unpleasant" weather.

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Smog-covered Norwich's pollution level hits 'high'

Norwich was among the cities covered in smog this morning as health experts warn those with heart and lung conditions, including asthma, to avoid strenuous activity outdoors.

The scene in Norwich this morning as pollution levels remain high.
The scene in Norwich this morning as pollution levels remain high. Credit: ITV News

People suffering symptoms of pollution - including sore eyes, coughs and sore throats - should also cut down the amount they do outside, experts said.

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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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Pollution levels high in the south east, east and London

Record levels of air pollution will continue to parts of the UK, with pollution levels already reaching level nine - high - this morning in the south east, Greater London and eastern England.

Defra ranks air pollution from one to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 the highest.

Low pollution areas are green, very high levels of pollution are marked in purple.
Low pollution areas are green, very high levels of pollution are marked in purple. Credit: Defra/Met Office

"Very high" levels of pollution are also forecast later today for the East Midlands.

Read: 'Very high' pollution warning for parts of the UK

Pollution levels high as London shrouded in smog

London is once again shrouded in smog this morning as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warns pollutions are already high in parts of the UK:

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Pollution levels already high across south east

Pollution levels have already reached level 9 (high) this morning in the South East, Greater London and Eastern England, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has reported on its website.

Defra ranks air pollution from one to 10, with one being the lowest and 10 the highest.

Dust particles and pollution from cars hang over Birmingham.
Dust particles and pollution from cars hang over Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Read more: Saharan dust prompts 'perfect storm' of pollution

Very high levels of pollution are also forecast later today for the East Midlands.

Those with lung and heart conditions have been told to avoid strenuous activity outdoors while people suffering symptoms of pollution - including sore eyes, coughs and sore throats - should cut down the amount they do outside, health experts said.

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