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Issued By:
Environmental Research Group
King's College London

Issued On: 22/03/2017 12:43:00

Pollution Band: Low

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Thursday will be overcast with temperatures struggling into double figures as a chilly north-easterly wind develops through the day.

Easterly and north-easterly winds are often associated with import of pollution from Europe. However, back-trajectory analysis shows the air arriving tomorrow will have been moving quickly and at height and so is unlikely to have picked-up any significant emissions. The brisk wind speed will also help to disperse local emissions.

Air pollution is expected to remain 'Low' for the following pollutants.

Nitrogen Dioxide
Ozone
PM10 Particulate
PM2.5 Particulate
Sulphur Dioxide





This forecast is intended to provide information on expected pollution levels in areas of significant public exposure. It may not apply in very specific locations close to unusually strong or short-lived local sources of pollution.

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Issued By:
Environmental Research Group
King's College London

Issued On: 23/03/2017 11:28:00

Start: Friday 24 March

Finish: end of Friday 24 March

Pollution Band: Moderate

Details

Friday is forecast to be overcast early on, clearing, with good sunshine in the afternoon. Feeling cool in a moderate to fresh north easterly breeze.

Back-trajectory analysis shows the air arriving tomorrow will have travelled at low altitude over industralised and urban areas of northern Europe. As a result 'Moderate' PM10 and PM2.5 particulate levels are possible.

Air pollution is expected to remain 'Low' for the following pollutants.

Nitrogen Dioxide
Ozone
Sulphur Dioxide





This forecast is intended to provide information on expected pollution levels in areas of significant public exposure. It may not apply in very specific locations close to unusually strong or short-lived local sources of pollution.

How to use the Daily Air Quality Index *

  • Step 1: Determine whether you (or your children) are likely to be at-risk from air pollution. Your doctor may also be able to give you advice.
  • Step 2: If you may be at-risk, and are planning strenuous activity outdoors, check the air pollution forecast.
  • Step 3: Use the health messages corresponding to the highest forecast level of pollution as a guide.
Air Pollution Banding Value Accompanying health messages for at-risk groups and
the general population
At-risk individuals ** General population
Low 1-3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.

Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.

Moderate 4-6 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors. Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
High 7-9 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.
Very High 10 Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.

* Daily Air Quality Index information sourced from UK-AIR (Air Information Resource) website.

* Adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition. It is possible that very sensitive individuals may experience health effects even on Low air pollution days.

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