It’s fog not smog! – Weather experts allay Sahara pollution fears for North East

Fog over the sand at the Headland
Fog over the sand at the Headland

WEATHER experts have confirmed that a polluting smog affecting southern parts of England is not a problem in Hartlepool or East Durham.

Southern parts of the UK are experiencing high levels of pollution due to a smog created by a combination of local emissions, light winds, pollution from the continent and dust blown over from the Sahara Desert.

But despite the foggy conditions which have been hung over Hartlepool and the surrounding areas for a week, Met Office experts say it has nothing to do with the smog which is causing problems down south.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The fog Hartlepool is getting is air being pumped off the cold North Sea. It’s not linked to the smog down south.

“Pollution levels in Hartlepool are normal, or possibly slightly raised at most, but certainly nothing of concern.”

He added that Hartlepool’s weather should improve over the next few days, and aside from some showers, there should be some sunshine.

Pollution levels reached a “high” state yesterday in the south with children, asthmatics and those with lung and heart conditions being urged to stay indoors or avoid strenuous activity outdoors.