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England wheezes through haze of Saharan dust cloud

Published on Apr 3, 2014 11:33 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - It has shrouded England's most famous monuments for days, prompted a rash of calls to the emergency services over health fears and even stopped Prime Minister David Cameron from taking his early morning jog.

A freak combination of weather conditions has left parts of the country covered in a smog haze made up of high levels of particles, including dust from the Sahara.

Pollution levels in the capital and south-east England were rated at a maximum level of 10 on Thursday, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

"The high level of air pollution this week is due to a combination of local emissions, light winds, pollution from the continent and dust blown over from the Sahara," a Defra spokesman said.

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