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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Air pollution from Sahara due to hit Barrow today

High levels of air pollution which plagued the south of England over the past 24 hours are due to hit Barrow today.

EM Desert dust air pollution map

Warnings have been issued to those with health problems, who are elderly, and those who suffer with health problems.

Parts of England have reached level 10 on the pollution scale - the highest possible.

Level 5 on the scale, counted as moderate, are due to hit Barrow, and level 6 in west Cumbria.

The pollution is a mix of local emissions and dust from the Sahara.

Levels are determined by the concentration of five pollutants in the air - ozone, sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and two types of particulate matter.

High levels of air pollution are usually reached about five times a year, Defra said.

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