Published Monday, 26 March 2012
The Belfast area is experiencing moderate to very high levels of air pollution. (© UTV)
According to the Department of the Environment, 'moderate' pollution levels are also being recorded in Armagh, Lisburn, Londonderry, Newry and Strabane.
While healthy people are unlikely to experience any ill effects, those with lung or heart problems may find that their conditions worsen during periods of high pollution.
The current spike is likely to be due to air conditions coming from northern Europe and the build-up of emissions from both vehicles and home heating during the current calm weather.
There is some uncertainty in the air quality forecast at present - however, it is possible that high levels of air pollution could continue to be seen in urban areas across Northern Ireland while the current weather conditions last.
Department of the Environment
Air pollution levels are calculated by measuring components including particles in the air, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Experts advise that those with health issues that are affected by pollution should reduce the time they spend outdoors while levels are high, or avoid congested streets.
DOE Air Quality NI telephone: 0800 556677
People can also help to reduce pollution levels by avoiding burning solid fuels when possible and limiting non-essential car journeys, while drivers should switch off their engines when likely to be stationary for more than a couple of minutes.
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