STAFFORD, Stone and Rugeley residents are being urged to watch out for very high pollution as one of the worst smog clouds engulfs the county today.
The Midlands is one of the worst affected areas and people with lung conditions are being told to stay indoors to avoid it.
The unusually high air pollution levels are a result of powerful dust storms swept in from the Sahara Desert by strong hales.
Conditions are expected to worsen on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. It is thought to be the worst smog in 60 years.
Adults and children with lung problems, heart defects and older people are being urged to avoid any strenuous activity, while asthma sufferers have been told to use their inhaler more often.
Advice on the Defra website tells people to reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.
Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.