9th June 2006, 01:33 PM
Sunny, warm weather over Southern and Eastern England over the next few days is likely to lead to the first summer smog episode of 2006.
High ozone levels are forecast from Saturday for Eastern and Southeast England and East and West midlands. These levels are likely to persist until at least Monday.
Some people are more sensitive to ozone 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. The public are being urged to take sensible precautions:
* Avoiding exercise outdoors in the afternoon can reduce exposure to ozone.
* Avoiding making unnecessary short car journeys wherever possible, by walking, cycling or making use of public transport instead.
Regular updates on levels of particulate matter (PM10), sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide are available on: TELETEXT (page 156), the Internet http://www.airquality.co.uk (Air Quality Information Archive) and the Department's freephone helpline (0800 556677), which also offers health advice to those who may be particularly sensitive to air pollution.
9th June 2006, 02:42 PM
Huh! Nothing like the pea soupers of the fifties!!
Remember, age and treachery will
always triumph over youth and ability
9th June 2006, 03:20 PM
9th June 2006, 06:37 PM
I can remember having to walk home from school because the buses weren't running, the smog was that bad. That was in the winter, though. :nod: