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East Anglia: Air pollution levels to remain ‘high’ for region after topping the scale

19:09 02 April 2014

The region has been one of the worst-affected areas in the country by elevated pollution levels, caused by a combination of light south-easterly winds, the continental air flow and dust which has blown up from the Sahara desert.

The region has been one of the worst-affected areas in the country by elevated pollution levels, caused by a combination of light south-easterly winds, the continental air flow and dust which has blown up from the Sahara desert.

People in Suffolk should be braced for another day of high levels of air pollution, experts have warned.

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The region has been one of the worst-affected areas in the country by elevated pollution levels, caused by a combination of light south-easterly winds, the continental air flow and dust which has blown up from the Sahara desert.

Yesterday, air quality in Suffolk plummeted to its lowest possible level, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recording the maximum of 10 on its air pollution chart.

A Defra spokesman said “high” or “very high” air pollution levels are again expected across much of England and Wales today, with East Anglia and the Midlands being the worst hit.

For coastal parts of the county, the quality of air will reduce slightly to level nine, while for mainland Suffolk it will drop to level eight. Both ratings are still considered a “high” risk.

For today, Defra is warning adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, to reduce strenuous physical exertion, especially outdoors.

But the air pollution is expected to ebb away by Friday. It will further reduce to level three – a “low” risk – from Friday to Sunday countywide.

“The current elevated pollution levels over parts of the UK are caused by light winds allowing the build-up of pollution, plus dust from the Sahara contributing to pollution levels,” a Defra spokesman said.

“We want to keep improving air quality and have introduced a new five-day forecast service in addition to investing heavily in local and transport initiatives to tackle this issue head-on.”

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2 comments

  • Defra says it is 'investing heavily in local and transport initiatives to tackle this issue head-on'. Is it still 1st April?

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    Blackeye

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Light winds?? It's caused by industrial and road traffic pollution.

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    IanW

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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