A BLANKET of thick smog was forecast to hang over Uttoxeter this week - causing experts to warn vulnerable people to stay indoors.
The toxic cloud of emissions from Europe blended with Saharan sand meant Public Health England urged people with heart or lung conditions, such as asthma, not to go venture outside.
It is believed the pollution is one of the most poisonous since the notorious ‘pea souper fog’ which hit London in 1952 and is thought to have caused an extra 12,000 deaths.
But a spokesman from the Met Office said the wind direction was expected to change, which would bring clearer air from today.
He said: “Instead of it coming from the south east and bringing across pollutants and sand from the Sahara, it will start to move from the south west which will be clearer and that should improve conditions.”
According to the Government department Defra’s 10-point scale on air quality, the level of pollution in Uttoxeter was at a high of eight on Wednesday.
This was expected to fall to seven yesterday and to between two and three today.