‘Dirty’ air hits Portsmouth area

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A health warning was issued today as ‘dirty’ air from the continent swept into the Portsmouth area.

The Government put out a warning for “moderate” air pollution sweeping into southern England which is predicted to spread to some northern areas on Friday, with a risk of “high” air pollution in some parts.

Official health advice on days of moderate air pollution says that adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity.

Air purifier expert Graham Curtis of vacuum cleaner firm Vax said: “Dirty air from the continent is set to hit the UK on Thursday. This is a problem that’s not going to go away anytime soon. It’s the latest in an increasingly common series of health warnings related to poor air quality.”

Susceptible people have been warned to stay indoors wherever possible and keep windows and doors closed.

“As air quality drops the impact on health will increase. Taking steps to reduce outdoor activity during high air pollution times is a positive step to help reduce the effects for you and your family,” he added.

Picture of smog over Portsmouth in March 2015 by Shaun Roster