Air quality to worsen due to heat wave in Europe, says WMO

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A European heat wave will trap air pollutants, causing air quality to deteriorate, especially in cities, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official warned on Friday.

“The stable, stagnant atmosphere acts as a lid that traps air pollutants, especially particulate matter,” WMO chief scientist Lorenzo Labrador said at a press briefing in Geneva.

“They lead to poor air quality and adverse health effects, especially for vulnerable people.”

(Reporting by Emma Farge; French version by Valentine Baldassari)

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