The worst air pollution in 60 years is to hit the South today

Daily Echo: Dust blown to England from the Sahara is causing "very high" levels of air pollution Dust blown to England from the Sahara is causing "very high" levels of air pollution

THE worst air pollution in 60 years is set to sweep through southern England today (WED) threatening the health of the sick and vulnerable.

Defra has warned people to be braced for "very high" levels of air pollution over the next few days.

Large swathes of England and Wales will see high levels of pollution, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

Daily Echo: Saharan dust storm covers city cars

Martyn Sheridan, St Deny's resident in his dust covered car.

The elevated 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, a spokeswoman said.

The Defra forecast added: "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."

But the air pollution is expected to ebb away by Friday.

However, people with heart and lung conditions have been warned to avoid strenuous activity.

Daily Echo:

Martyn Sheridan's dirty hand after lightly wiping it across his windscreen.

This week people found their cars to be covered in a light coating of red dust. The Met Office said that a large amount of sand and dust was swept up by storm winds in the Sahara Desert.

Experts said that the airborne particles of dust were blown north to the UK where they combined with our warm air and were deposited during showers.

A Defra spokeswoman said: "The high level of air pollution this week is due to a combination of local emissions, light winds, pollution from the continent and dust blown over from the Sahara.

"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."

As reported by the Daily Echo, thousands of cars were covered in the Sahara dust earlier this week.

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12:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Graeme Harrison says...

Vote Ukrap to keep foreign sand out of England!
Vote Ukrap to keep foreign sand out of England! Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

StevenGalton says...

The impact of PM - particulate matter - is highlighted with this current pollution. It is exactly for these reasons we are calling for the air quality monitoring station in Waterhouse Lane (in one of Southampton's largest AQMA - air quality monitoring areas) to be upgraded to monitor 24/7 the PM levels via our sotonair campaign.
The impact of PM - particulate matter - is highlighted with this current pollution. It is exactly for these reasons we are calling for the air quality monitoring station in Waterhouse Lane (in one of Southampton's largest AQMA - air quality monitoring areas) to be upgraded to monitor 24/7 the PM levels via our sotonair campaign. StevenGalton
  • Score: 1

1:26pm Wed 2 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

HARRP ?
HARRP ? RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 0

1:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

daisy.talks says...

No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car
No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car daisy.talks
  • Score: -2

2:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

dango says...

daisy.talks wrote:
No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car
It says "The elevated 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, a spokeswoman said."

It's coming from the South East. Would you like me to draw you a picture?
[quote][p][bold]daisy.talks[/bold] wrote: No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car[/p][/quote]It says "The elevated 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, a spokeswoman said." It's coming from the South East. Would you like me to draw you a picture? dango
  • Score: 3

2:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

dango wrote:
daisy.talks wrote:
No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car
It says "The elevated 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, a spokeswoman said."

It's coming from the South East. Would you like me to draw you a picture?
A picture would probably be best. Seems daisy struggles with anything beyond reading the headline.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]daisy.talks[/bold] wrote: No useful information to show the direction of travel from this pollution..... just a photo of some guy with a dirty hand and car[/p][/quote]It says "The elevated 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, a spokeswoman said." It's coming from the South East. Would you like me to draw you a picture?[/p][/quote]A picture would probably be best. Seems daisy struggles with anything beyond reading the headline. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

2:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

Oh Lord, thos Sub Saharan African illegal immigrants will be so afraid to live here they will swarm back to erm ... Sub Sahara, ironic.

How on earth people survive all the sand that is blown around there every day is beyond me.
Oh Lord, thos Sub Saharan African illegal immigrants will be so afraid to live here they will swarm back to erm ... Sub Sahara, ironic. How on earth people survive all the sand that is blown around there every day is beyond me. Brite Spark
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Smells like Fords Oven Baked !
Smells like Fords Oven Baked ! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

5:59am Thu 3 Apr 14

skeptik says...

Seen this several times in my lifetime, one memorable occasion my father looked out on his car on the drive, and sighed, that damned stuff is following me - Desert Air Force WW2. Just looked up 'Monthly Weather Reports 1920s' the month of April 1924 - interesting at one point the earth/ground temperature - coldest in ten years. When studying these some of the claims made today about 'never before' are recorded all those years ago.
Seen this several times in my lifetime, one memorable occasion my father looked out on his car on the drive, and sighed, that damned stuff is following me - Desert Air Force WW2. Just looked up 'Monthly Weather Reports 1920s' the month of April 1924 - interesting at one point the earth/ground temperature - coldest in ten years. When studying these some of the claims made today about 'never before' are recorded all those years ago. skeptik
  • Score: 1

6:01am Thu 3 Apr 14

skeptik says...

Monthly Weather Reports 1910s (browser) March 1914 worst floods in 42 years - April 1914 Dry and Warm - let's hope.
Monthly Weather Reports 1910s (browser) March 1914 worst floods in 42 years - April 1914 Dry and Warm - let's hope. skeptik
  • Score: 1

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