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Weather: Risk of HIGH levels of pollution tomorrow

Credit: Defra

Levels of air pollution are forecast to become HIGH in many areas of central, eastern and northern England tomorrow.

This could cause problems for some people - with guidance issued from Defra and the Met Office:

Credit: Defra

This situation has been caused by 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.

The good news is a change in wind direction overnight into Saturday will clear the 'dirty' air out the way.


Weather: High air pollution

People with hay-fever or respiratory conditions might find the next couple of days a bit difficult.

South easterly winds have brought some polluted air from Europe's cities to the UK.

This has the potential to cause high to very high air pollution.

Pollution map for today Credit: Met Office

The poor quality air will be flushed out as the wind changes direction on Thursday.

You can see more on the Air Quality Index here.