High pollution across east Kent leads to Defra warning

High pollution across east Kent leads to Defra warning
High pollution across east Kent leads to Defra warning

A warning has been issued about high air pollution across Kent today which may cause problems for people’s health. Elderly residents and people with heart and lung issues on Sheppey – where the level is forecast to be the highest in Kent – are advised to reduce strenuous activity outside.

Across east Kent levels are expected to be moderate according to the forecast published by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). The government uses the Daily Air Quality Index – produced by the Met Office – to predict levels of pollutants which can have an affect on people’s health.

It measures the amount of five key pollutants in the air including: ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles. The index is a 10-stage scale ranging from low, moderate, high and very high.

Sheppey has been rated as having a level eight index, meanwhile Herne Bay, Birchington and Margate are rated level seven index. Elsewhere across the county Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Sandwich have a level six rating (moderate) for the rest of the day.

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