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Shorts shades & face masks; Pollen and pollution set to follow midweek heatwave.

Byline: EUAN STRETCH

BRITAIN will be hit by more smog - after two of the hottest ever April days.

The mercury is expected to touch 25C (77F) today in London, making it the warmest April 14 since records began in the 1850s.

And tomorrow could hit 26C in the capital, up to 12C above average for this time of year.

Sun-lovers in the South of England are being warned to use suncream.

The Midlands is due 20C today, with 19C in Manchester but only 14C in the North-East and 16C in eastern Scotland.

MeteoGroup forecaster Matt Martin said: "Tuesday has 24C possible - and some areas in London might get higher. Wednesday has potential for 25C and we could squeeze to 26C. It's a very pleasant spell of warm air."

Sky News weathergirl Isobel Lang agreed: "It's shorts and sunscreen ahead."

However, there are warnings of a spike in air pollution and pollen levels towards the end of the week, affecting those with heart and lung problems and with breathing difficulties.

A high pressure weather system is set to pull in a swathe of dust-laden air from the continent, with parts of the South East and South West set to be worst hit. Chris Burton, from the Weather Network, said: "Forecasts suggest pollution will be in the moderate category Thursday and Friday in southern England and South Wales with pockets of high pollution."

The Met Office said pollen levels are also set to hit "moderate" this week.

Hay fever treatments have been flying off the shelves with the often cool and wet March blamed for a surge in symptoms.

Max balms, said: "have seen a large rise in sales compared to this time last year.

This is partly due to March being cool followed by warmth causing birch trees to release high levels of pollen."

Allergy UK has also issued a warning that high levels of allergens and pollutants can trigger potentially fatal asthma attacks.

Meanwhile there are fears warm weather could lead to a huge increase in the number of workers pulling sickies.

Forecasters have predicted it will be hotter than usual until July with highs of 28C.

The balmy weather has also lead to swarms of giant jellyfish being spotted off the British coast earlier than usual. Barrel jellyfish - with tentacles up to 6ft long - have been spotted off Hope's Cove in Devon.

euan.stretch@mirror.co.uk

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