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Saharan dust cloud hits UK – causing asthma attacks and leaving cars filthy

A Saharan dust cloud over southern Britain after the scorching Easter Monday has left cars covered in dirt and people struggling for breath.

The dense wave of dust blown up from the African desert will bring the UK outbreaks of rain with a drop of temperature to 14C in London this weekend, BBC Weather report.

Health experts have warned that the Saharan dust could pose a risk to people with asthma as it blanketed the sky.

Those with respiratory problems are urged to stay indoors and be aware that the weather situation could worsen their symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing, The Sun reports.

It could cause a flare up in asthma sufferers as the dust can aggravate lung tubes.

Meanwhile, cars in Devon and Cornwall were covered in dust as the Saharan dust swept across the region, and it is expected to last this week.

Car owners posted pictures on social media as they claimed to be the victims of the Saharan dust.

Tom McNeill tweeted a picture of his car being left blanketed with dust and sand on the windscreen.

He said: "With dry days forecasted, polished the car for first time in months. Didn't anticipate this!"

Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst posted pictures of his recently washed car covered in dots of sands on the roof.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has issued a high air pollution warning for three regions today – London, the South East and Yorkshire & Humberside.

Dr Andy Whittamore, clinal lead at Asthma UK, said: "Saharan dust could post a serious risk to the 5.4million people in the UK with asthma.

"Toxic air can leave people struggling for breath and can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and even a life-threatening asthma attack.

"People with asthma must make sure they carry their reliever inhaler (usually blue) with them at all times in case their symptoms worsen."

According to the Met Office , strong winds in the south has brought the dust from the African desert over the last week, reaching the British Isles today.

Forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: "Dust from the Sahara has been carried across the UK from a south easterly direction.

"It's not uncommon for Saharan dust to reach the UK. How that can affect us is it can causes sunrises and sunsets to look red."

Early commuters have captured the red-hue sunrise this morning as the Saharan dust coated the sky.

The Saharan dust often happens several times a year when big dust storms in the Sahara coincide with southerly wind patterns.

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