People with respiratory problems have been warned to try to stay indoors today with West Suffolk in the heart of the area worst hit by Saharan dust pollution.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which is responsible for air pollution in its area, backed Public Health England’s advice saying: “Those with pre-conditions such as heart or respiratory problems should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find that they need to use their inhaler more often.
“When the Air Quality Index is very high, the general public are advised to reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.”
The problem has been caused by light winds making dust blown north from the Sahara hang around with UK and European pollution.
The Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs said: “Very High levels expected in parts of East Anglia and the East Midlands.”
Most of East Anglia is covered by the highest pollution level rating of 10. Defra says this will reduce to levels seven or eight tomorrow and pollution levels should be back to normal on Friday.
For up to date pollution forecasting, visit Defra’s website