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Air Pollution Information Bulletin - 1st July 2015

News published: 01/07/2015

The warm, sunny, weather across the UK is resulting in Moderate air pollution across much of England today (Wednesday) with some areas of High in the South East due to ground level ozone. The following sites have exceeded the EU ozone public information threshold of 180 ug/m3:

  • Market Harborough 181 ug/m3 - 14:00 BST
  • Canterbury 204 ug/m3 - 15:00 BST
  • Sibton 201 ug/m3 - 16:00 BST
  • Weybourne 195 ug/m3 - 17:00 BST
  • Brighton Preston Park 185 ug/m3 - 17:00 BST
  • Sheffield Devonshire Green 185 ug/m3 - 18:00 BST
  • London Teddington 183 ug/m3 - 19:00 BST
  • Wicken Fen 206 ug/m3 - 20:00 BST

Some areas of Moderate pollution are expected on Thursday and Friday with pollution returning to Low on Saturday and Sunday.

Health advice relates to the overall air quality banding (Low, Moderate, High or Very High). Health advice can be found here http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/daqi. Exceedances of the EU Ozone Information Threshold can occur when air quality is in the Moderate or High banding.

People with lung disease, children, the elderly and people who are active outdoors may be particularly sensitive to ozone and may begin to notice respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and throat irritation. People with asthma are not necessarily more sensitive but, if affected, can use their 'reliever' inhaler to alleviate symptoms. If affected, people are urged to take sensible precautions such as reducing strenuous exercise. Individual exposure to ozone can be reduced by avoiding exercising outdoors during the afternoon, because this is the time of day when ozone levels are at their highest.

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

More information about these alerts can be found here: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/alerts

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).

First Issued: 14:58 1st July 2015

Updated: 20:52 1st July 2015

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