Posted: Thu 19th Mar 2015

Air pollution expected to be high in Deeside today

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 19th, 2015

Deeside is experiencing higher than average levels of air pollution today with the Daily Air Quality Index hitting 7 and 8 in the region. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The north West of England appears to be the most affected region, Chester is forecast to hit a high 8 on the index while pollution levels start to ease towards north east Wales. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A health alert has been issued across Britain as potentially dangerous clouds of air pollution drift in from Europe. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said it was mixing with home-grown smog to create a toxic hazard. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A spokesperson for DEFRA 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.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The conditions could trigger problems for people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and the young officials warn. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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 warns Defra’s website. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

While anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Conditions will ease on Friday dropping back to an average 4 on the index, which is standard for Deeside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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