Twentieth air pollution alert issued as heatwave continues

Air pollution forecasting network airText has just put out its twentieth pollution alert for this year this evening ahead of forecasts of temperatures reaching 31° in Colnbrook in the early part of the week.

The heatwave is set to continue into Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures set to exceed 30.

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.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.

The Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, defra, is also warning that there could be areas of Moderate air pollution across some eastern and central parts of England on Monday, extending to Southeastern England on Tuesday.

Tomorrow will continue dry and hot with lots of bright sunshine and largely clear blue skies. Winds will remain light. Tuesday will be very warm or hot and mainly sunny but there will be a risk of sharp showers developing. Heavy showery rain may move in from the south-west overnight, and this could be thundery.

Slough Borough Council’s public health team has issued the following heatwave advice for parents and carers of young children and those who work in nurseries:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C
  • Encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help keep cool and sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn
  • Use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes
  • Provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot
  • Encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water.

By Wednesday fresher maritime air should clear the air. Wednesday is expected to be a breezier day, largely dry and sunny but with a chance a shower.

Unsettled weather is expected on Thursday daytime and Thursday night with showers or showery rain.


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