Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This Sounds Like a First - the Sahara Reaches Britain
For some time now dust storms from the Sahara Desert have crossed the Mediterranean to reach the southernmost parts of Europe. That's one thing but Britain, surely not?
A Saharan dust cloud is expected to settle over parts of the UK on Thursday, prompting health experts to issue warnings to elderly people and those who suffer from breathing problems.
High levels of pollution are expected over southern and central England, with Lincolnshire bearing the brunt of the cloud.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued alerts for most of England and Wales, warning that older people, asthma sufferers and those with breathing difficulties are most at risk. People are advised to avoid exercise if they notice problems.
Defra said: “Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms.
“People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.”