Sahara desert dust brings smog to UK

2014-04-02 14:19
The skyscrapers of the Canary Wharf business district in London are shrouded in smog. (Matt Dunham, AP)

The skyscrapers of the Canary Wharf business district in London are shrouded in smog. (Matt Dunham, AP)

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London - British authorities on Wednesday warned people with heart or lung conditions to avoid exertion as a combination of industrial pollution and Sahara dust blankets the country in smog.

The environment department said the air pollution level could reach the top rung on its 10-point scale.

The department said the smog was caused by pollution from Britain and industrialised areas of the continent staying in place because of light winds, along with dust blown up from a storm in the Sahara desert.

Many motorists awoke this week to find cars covered in a film of red dust.

Paul Cosford of Public Health England told media outlets that people with heart or respiratory problems should "reduce the amount of strenuous exercise outdoors over the next few days".

The pollution is expected to ease by Friday.
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