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Air Quality Information Bulletin - 19 March 2015

News published: 19/03/2015

High air pollution is currently (19 March 2015) being measured across a number of regions in England and Wales. This is due to pollution brought in via winds from the continent and particulate matter from a combination of local sources.

Levels are expected to fall later today with moderate or low levels predicted tomorrow as changes in weather conditions lead to the dispersal of pollutants. Levels in London and the South East are expected to be reporting lows by tomorrow.

Sotiris Vardoulakis, Head of Public Health England's (PHE) air pollution and climate change group, said:

"PHE provides advice to Defra on the health effects of air pollution."

"While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution - some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms."

"On occasions where levels are high, 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. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors."

Further information on health advice can be found here: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/daqi

Forecasts, latest measurements and health advice are available on our website http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/ and Defra's freephone helpline (0800 556677). Updates on current and forecast levels of air pollution can also be found on Twitter (@DefraUKAir).

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