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Air pollution warning

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has warned that the South West is expecting moderate levels of air pollution over the weekend – with Saturday seemingly the worst day. The situation is set to improve from Sunday onwards.

Air pollution can be caused by a combination of local emissions, light winds, pollution from the continent and dust blown over from the Sahara.

If you are concerned that you are experiencing symptoms caused by air pollution, do remember that your community pharmacist can offer expert advice. Consultation with a pharmacist is confidential, an appointment is not necessary, and they are often available in the evenings and at weekends.

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards said: “While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in ambient air pollution, some individuals, 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.”

The latest pollution forecast is here​.