25/02/2019

High Air Pollution Levels Forecast For NI- DAERA

The current weather conditions have prompted a warning for moderate levels of air pollution across Northern Ireland this week.

Heightened levels, classed as when there is more sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other substances in the air, are expected to persist until Wednesday 27 February, with the situation improving from Thursday onwards.
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Stormont's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said it comes as a result of the weather, with light winds that can lead to the build-up of local emissions from vehicles and home heating.

High pollution is expected in urban areas due to the increased concentration of fumes.

"During periods of High Air Pollution the symptoms of people with lung or heart disease may worsen," the spokesperson said.

"Healthy people are unlikely to experience any ill effects."



(JG/MH)

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