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People with heart or lung disease warned of air pollution over Easter weekend

Air pollution is forecast to be moderate to high around the north over the next few days 
Digital Staff

People with lung or heart disease in Northern Ireland have been warned they could face increased symptoms over the Easter weekend as widespread air pollution is forecast.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has said light winds carrying pollution is set to add to the build-up of locally generated air pollutants in many areas across the north from today until Saturday.

Warnings for high air pollution are in place for Fermanagh and Omagh today while similar conditions are expected in Ards and North Down on Saturday.

Much of the north can expect moderate air pollution today before conditions improve on Sunday.

Moderate to high pollution warnings are in place for the coming days

The department has issued advice for anyone who may be affected by an increase in pollution:

  • Modify existing treatment as normal when symptoms increase
  • Reduce time spent outdoors
  • Avoid busy, congested streets
  • If breathing is affected during cold, calm conditions or on hot, sunny days, avoid strenuous exercise
  • Ensure access to usual medication
  • Consult a doctor if necessary

Anyone with a heart condition who notices a change in symptoms should seek medical advice.

Pollution in all areas is forecast to return to low by Easter Sunday.

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