SUFFERERS of heart and lung problems in Swindon are being urged to stay indoors today with the town set to experience high air pollution levels.

The pollution, which is a mixture of local and European emissions and dust from the Saraha, has been forecast for the south of England, the Midlands and East Anglia today, with Swindon given a seven out of ten air pollution risk.

Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, Public Health Consultant at Swindon Borough Council, said: “The peculiar weather conditions will not be a major problem for most people in Swindon. Some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms. 

"Residents are recommended to follow the national guidance, so adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly if they experience symptoms of air pollution while outdoors.

"People with asthma may find they need to use their inhaler more often and older people are also advised to lessen physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort, such as sore eyes, a cough or sore throat should also consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. The conditions are forecast to last a couple of days, so this should not present long-term difficulties for most people.”