The barbecue-smoke haze engulfing the Isle of Wight could last for weeks, as air pollution soars to record levels, experts have warned. The pollution standards index peaked at 331 yesterday, breaking previous records and well above annoying levels.
The haze is the result of barbecues lit across the south of England, and has sparked a series of protests. The Isle of Wight council declared yesterday that England does not have the right to pollute the island’s atmosphere. Councils across the south of England seem to be unprepared for the diplomatic tiff, most declining to make a statement because the relevant environmental officers are currently on annual leave.
The haze is likely to last for two or three more days, when the English summer is forecast to come to an end.