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London set for worst smog of the year thanks to a Saharan storm

Posted at 4:45 pm, March 31, 2014 in News
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A giant cloud of dust is heading our way and there’s nothing we can do about it. Alright, that may sound a tad dramatic, but a load of dust is coming to London and it’s caused the Met Office to issue its highest ten out of ten level of air pollution warning for tomorrow and Wednesday.

With some motorists waking up to find a thin layer of dust deposited on their cars, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether that volcano in Iceland had kicked off again, yet the blame for the latest weird weather lies with a desert storm in the Sahara that happened late last week. Due to southerly winds from North Africa, the sand flung up by the Saharan storm is heading towards London, leading the Met Office to issue warnings over the worst smog of the year so far.

Though not deadly, experts have advised those with lung and heart problems to avoid performing strenuous activities outside, with healthy adults also urged to take it easy and stay indoors when exercising.

For more information on London’s air quality and what a ten out of ten rating actually means, visit metoffice.gov.uk.

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