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Air pollution warning issued for Northern Ireland

High levels of pollution possible in urban areas due to the high concentration of emissions (David Jones/PA)
High levels of pollution possible in urban areas due to the high concentration of emissions (David Jones/PA)

Stormont's Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has issued an air pollution warning for Northern Ireland.

DAERA said moderate levels of pollution, classed as when there is excess levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other substances in the air, are forecast across the province.

High levels are also possible in urban areas due to the high concentration of emissions from vehicles and home heating.

DAERA said the pollution levels are the result of the current weather conditions, such as light winds, and are likely to persist until Wednesday.

"During periods of high air pollution the symptoms of people with lung or heart disease may worsen. Healthy people are unlikely to experience any ill effects," a DAERA spokesperson said.

SDLP Environment spokesperson John Dallat has asked people to be cautious over the coming days.

“I would encourage anyone who has a respiratory condition or a heart problems to be particularly careful over the next number of days," the East Londonderry MLA said.

“It is also important that we all consider how we travel this week and not use the car if we can avoid it.

"These types of warnings should prompt us all to consider how we are living and how we treat this place we call home. Rising air pollution levels should never be taken lightly, as it typically affects those most vulnerable. We all have a duty to ensure we play are part in tackling it. Inaction is not an option.

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