As the weather gets warmer, it increases the possibility that some air pollutants may reach higher levels for short periods of time. The current still and sunny conditions we are experiencing mean it is likely that parts of the UK will experience high levels of ozone later today and tomorrow.
Whilst most people will not be affected by short term peaks in ozone, some people, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.
Defra encourages people to take sensible precautions based on the levels of air pollution in their region and their health, such as reducing or avoiding strenuous activity and ensuring they have access to their usual medication, such as asthma inhalers.
Find out about current and forecasted air quality levels in your region via the following link: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk or by calling Defra’s freephone helpline on 0800 556677. Both offer health advice to the general public and to those who may be particularly sensitive to air pollution. You can subscribe through the website to receive email bulletins for pollution forecasts and the latest pollution information, or follow @DefraUKAir on Twitter.
Information on the health effects of air pollution from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) http://www.comeap.org.uk