Air Quality Information Bulletin - 10th August 2020
News published: 10/08/2020
Dry and sunny weather along with light winds has resulted in increased levels of pollution at some UK locations. The following pollution thresholds have been exceeded at the following locations:
EU ozone public information threshold of 180 µg/m3:
- Wicken Fen - 183 µg/m3 @ 16:00 BST
- Wicken Fen - 191 µg/m3 @ 17:00 BST
- Wicken Fen - 181 µg/m3 @ 18:00 BST
- St Osyth - 187 µg/m3 @ 18:00 BST
- St Osyth - 182 µg/m3 @ 19:00 BST
- Thurrock - 187 µg/m3 @ 19:00 BST
- Canterbury - 199 µg/m3 @ 19:00 BST
- Canterbury - 215 µg/m3 @ 20:00 BST
For more information, air quality forecasts, latest measurements and health advice are available on UK-AIR and via freephone helpline (0800 556677). Updates on current and forecast levels of air pollution can also be found on Twitter (@DefraUKAir). Public Health England advises that some people are more sensitive to pollution than others and may begin to notice an effect on their breathing. 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. In particular, avoiding exercise outdoors in the afternoon can reduce individual exposure to ozone.
Further information about health impacts can be found on the UK Air website. https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/daqi
If the pollution information or alert thresholds are again breached, further alerts will be issued on our UK Air website http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/.
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