Fog and not smog is the reason Huddersfield has been murky.
The town was blanketed by low cloud and fog for much of the day today but it was not the air pollution that experts had predicted would hit Britain.
The Met Office had forecast one of the year’s worst smogs in many areas, following a combination of strong winds and powerful dust storms in the Sahara that has deposited fine red dust on the streets of southern England.
But Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens said the Pennines had remained clear of that and had instead been blanketed by mist and fog.
He said: “It is a little early in the season to have fogs like this but it is very much water vapour from the North Sea rather than the polluted air from the Continent and dust from the Sahara Desert that has hit the south.
“I would expect it to be around for most of Thursday as well but then things should start to clear and by Friday and the weekend we should be seeing good spells of sunshine”.
Throughout Huddersfield, motorists drove with their headlights on for much of the day.
People with lung problems were advised to avoid strenuous exercise, and healthy adults were told to reduce exertion outdoors in parts of the country.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said high to very high air pollution was expected across East Anglia, parts of south-east England and around the Humber on Tuesday. It attributed the high levels to light winds allowing the buildup of pollution, coupled with dust from the Sahara. High levels of air pollution in parts of the UK are expected to last until the weekend.
“This is due to light easterly winds continuing to bring in pollutants and allowing local pollutants to remain close to source,” the forecast from Defra said. “There may also be some component due to Saharan dust.
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