Air Quality Advisory Issued for Friday

The Air Quality may be unhealthy for sensitive groups due to high ozone levels

August is ending with another Air Quality Advisory for folks sensitive to hot weather.

The ozone level is expected to be high along with the temperature. The Air Quality Index is expected to reach 120.

The Air Quality Health Advisory covers Rockland and Westchester counties from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The advisory recommends active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. Today's high temperature is expected to reach 92 degrees.

While high ozone levels are normally restricted to the warm season, fine particles can be high at any time of year. These pollutants arise from sources such as cars, trucks and power plants, with fine particle levels also enhanced by forest fires and residential burning. To help reduce pollution levels, refrain from unnecessary driving and use public transportation if available.

Residents can call a toll free number for updates on air quality: 800-535-1345.


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