The Government has issued a “smog alert” with potentially dangerous levels of air pollution predicted in England and

Wales as thousands headed off for an Easter getaway.

Warm and still conditions brought on by the current high pressure system means levels of ozone and polluting particles known as PM10s, which can affect people’s health, are expected to increase.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said some people, including those who have asthma, could be affected by the high pollution levels and may notice an effect on their breathing. It urged the public to take “sensible precautions” such as avoiding outdoor exercise and unnecessary short car journeys.

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