Hold on to your lungs: London’s deadly smog is back

It’s *cough* on its way

Prepare yourself for the wave of pollution that’s heading to the UK.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (Defra) has warned the haze could be a danger to vulnerable people, and that “adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors”.

The smog has blown over from the continent, where it has led to a 14 mph speed limit in Paris, and could see parts of the UK hitting level nine (out of 10) – however it’s thought that London levels will be medium.

A Defra spokeswoman said: “Winds bringing in pollution from the continent, combined with locally generated pollution and still weather conditions, has led to some high pollution measurements across the UK.

“Levels are expected to return to low by Friday.”

Last year, Saharan dust choked the south of England, causing health problems and covering cars and buildings with a blanket of dust.

Want to know more? Last year we investigated air pollution in London. The results were pretty shocking

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