Londoners told to cut back on physical activity on Friday due to pollution | London

Londoners should avoid strenuous physical activity on Friday due to “very high” pollution levels, experts have warned.

The poor quality is the result of a region of intense high pressure currently covering Western Europe. The resulting lack of air movement means that vehicle emissions and other pollutants are not blown away as they usually would be.

Government forecasts predict that pollution levels will reach band 10, the highest level on the scale. The last time pollution levels reached this level was in March 2018.

People with lung or heart problems and older people should avoid strenuous physical activity, the government warns, while people with asthma may need to use inhalers more often.

Even healthy people should “reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as a cough or sore throat”, the government advice continues.

The worst pollution is expected to occur in the city centre, with the dirtiest air stretching from Stratford in the east to Hammersmith in the west, although pollution levels are still expected to be high across the city.

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, warned that car use had returned to near pre-pandemic levels. He warned that the effect on the city’s residents could be disastrous, saying: “If we don’t redouble our efforts to deliver a greener and more sustainable future, we will replace one public health crisis with another – caused through dirty air and blocked roads. ”

Pollution levels are expected to return to normal by Saturday.

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