Gosport disappears from view in smog

Steve Guthrie's picture of the smog, with Gosport almost obscured from view
Steve Guthrie's picture of the smog, with Gosport almost obscured from view
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WITH a dusty smog hanging in the air over the Portsmouth area, our readers captured these pictures of Gosport almost disappearing from view.

Warnings have been issued about Saharan red dust from the continent - which could cause problems for those with breathing difficulties - and experts have said spikes in air pollution have caused smog to build over Britain.

Sam Devine's picture of the smog

Sam Devine's picture of the smog

Asthma sufferers and older people are being advised to ‘reduce physical exertion’ particularly while outdoors, as the air becomes more dense with pollutants.

Steve Guthrie, who snapped a picture of the smog last night, said: ‘Gosport disappeared tonight! I took this while I was waiting for the ferry.’

Gosport resident Sam Devine also caught the scene on camera and said: ‘I took this pic from Gunwharf Quays last night of Gosport hidden in the fog. It looks like a huge wave.’

Health warnings have been issued in light of the smog.

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, said: ‘While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has warned of spikes in air pollution across central, eastern and northern England.

Additionally, with summer seeming to come early for many this week, doctors have reported seeing hay-fever sufferers experiencing symptoms.

While the pollen levels are moderate for much of the south of England and low for the rest of the UK according to the Met Office, many people are already suffering from hay-fever symptoms.