Published: 10:15, 18 September 2014
Officials are warning that parts of Kent are going to be hit by high levels of air pollution today.
The Thanet coast is expected to be worst affected, with levels reaching nine - the second highest on the government scale.
People with lung and heart problems are being advised to avoid too much exercise outdoors, while those with asthma might need to use inhalers more often.
The highest pollution levels are due to affect Thanet and Herne Bay, with slightly lower levels affecting Whitstable, Sheppey and Deal.
High pollution will also stretch inland to areas including Sittingbourne, Faversham and Canterbury, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
Green Party MEP Keith Taylor said something must be done to combat soaring levels of air pollution.
He said: "This is not a new problem. Ever since I came here (to the European Parliament), I've been protesting about the absence of any activity from the UK government to tackle air pollution."
Defra said those areas affected by high levels of pollution - seven to nine on the scale - should heed the following advice from Defra:
Defra said pollution levels are expected to fall to moderate tomorrow and then to low.
The high levels are being blamed on easterly winds, bringing pollution across from the near continent.
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