The East of England and Midlands will be the worst affected areas with high levels of pollution on Tuesday, according to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. As was explained, the elevated pollution levels are determined now by a mixture of the continental air flow, the light southeasterly winds and dust which was transported from the Sahara desert.
People with lung problems and adults with heart conditions were advised to avoid intensive physical activity. At the same time, children should not be allowed to use playgrounds in areas with severe pollution. The UK government advised schools in areas affected to keep pupils indoors at the lunch time. Bowes and Chesterfield primary schools in Enfield, north London, kept the children inside on Wednesday. A high level of pollution is expected to be in London. The smog is expected to spread to the Midlands and East Anglia.
Some people, even children, may need to use their inhalers. “Heavy air pollution, of the kind we're seeing in several places across the UK at the moment, can have a significant impact on people with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and asthma, worsening symptoms such as coughing and breathlessness," said Dr Keith Prowse, the charity's honorary medical adviser.
The poor air quality is already a permanent threat to the people’s health in London and some other area in the UK.