Air pollution in Eastbourne is expected to reach a dangerously high level by the end of the week, experts have said.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the whole south east of England is expected to suffer from very extreme levels of air pollution this Friday (April 10).
However, in Eastbourne, pollution levels are predicted to be so bad that the Met Office colour scale was broken as the air quality index prediction hit 10/10.
The DEFRA website, which is currently operating with a holding page after it was hacked by Islamist hackers yesterday (Tuesday, April 7), states there will be “very high pollution levels for a time in the far southeast of England, due to a flow from the south”.
Experts have recently suggested that the death toll from air pollution, usually put at around 29,000 a year in the UK, could be substantially higher because of the effect of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), emitted during fossil fuel burning, which up until now has not been taken into account.