Whether you love it or hate it the current heatwave remains stubbornly with us with another couple of days of 30+ temperatures forecast for Colnbrook and neighbouring areas. Air pollution forecasting network airText has issued a further warning for at-risk individuals to take precautions. By Wednesday fresher maritime air should clear the air, giving way to possible showers and unsettled weather later in the week.
Local authorities with very bad air quality will be required to deliver initial improvement plans within eight months, according to the Government’s final air quality plan published on Wednesday. But Slough Borough Council has been de-listed following updated NO2 modelling and will apparently escape new measures to force a speedy air quality clean-up.
The Government has today published a summary of responses received in its consultation of its revised plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide emissions. The clear message from respondents was that there is little confidence that the plans will deliver improvements quickly enough, and the Government needs to take a lead rather than placing the burden solely on local authorities.
Following this weekend’s heatwave an air quality alert has been issued for Slough for tomorrow. A MODERATE alert is in place, meaning health effects are unlikely to require action for most people, but vulnerable groups including those with respiratory conditions and the elderly should take precautions.
The Government may have lost its High Court bid to delay publishing its new air pollution plan until after the General Election, but the judge did take the decision that local councillors should be spared the scrutiny of their own inaction.
If you go outside, no deep breaths today. airText, the air pollution forecaster, issued its SIXTH alert for Slough this year yesterday evening. The alert coincides with VERY HIGH pollution levels recorded at Colnbrook Lakeside for the third time this week.
An influential member of the House of Lords has called on the Government to issue a system to alert residents during episodes of very high pollution.
Pollution forecaster airTEXT has forecast another air pollution alert for Wednesday. MODERATE air pollution is predicted, meaning health effects are unlikely to require action.
AirText has issued another pollution alert for our area, warning of MODERATE pollution today and tomorrow (29/30 November). The alert follows a spike in provisional readings to a staggering 211 µg/m3 yesterday lunchtime. Light winds are blamed for allowing the build-up of locally emitted pollution.