Specific risks

2. Air pollution

Air pollution can cause both short term and long term effects on health and many people are concerned about pollution in the air that they breathe. These people may include:

  • People with heart or lung conditions, or other breathing problems, whose health may be affected by air pollution.
  • Parents, carers and healthcare professionals who look after someone whose health is sensitive to pollution.
  • People who want to know more about air pollution, its causes, and what they can do to help reduce it.
  • The scientific community and students, who may need data on air pollution levels, either now or in the past, throughout the UK.

Air pollution forecast

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provide air pollution forecasting. 

Current Air Quality Index / Forecast
Daily Air Quality Index – recommended actions and health advice

Aero allergens

Aero allergens, such as pollen, can cause hay fever. The Met Office provide a pollen forecast

Pollen forecast map for your area

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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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