Health Alert: High Air Pollution In Northern Ireland

VERY high levels of air pollution (particulate matter) are currently being monitored in the Derry/Londonderry area.

The air quality forecast indicates that high levels of air pollution are a possibility across Northern Ireland including County Down until Friday.dn_screen

These pollution levels are the result of the cold, calm weather conditions we are currently experiencing, which can lead to the build up of local emissions from vehicles and home heating.

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.

Hourly updates on levels of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide are available on the Department’s website: and the Department’s freephone helpline 0800 556 677, which also offers health advice to those who may be particularly sensitive to air pollution.