An air quality alert in effect Thursday across region

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An Air Quality Alert is in effect Thursday across the region due to potentially elevated air pollution levels.

High temperatures will be in the low 90s with light-to-moderate southerly winds and sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

ExploreSunny, more humid today with highs in the 90s

These conditions are favorable for ground-level ozone, or smog, to form, according to the alert issued by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Regional Air Pollution Control Agency for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties, and by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency for Butler and Warren counties.

Today marks the third consecutive day for an air quality alert in Butler and Warren counties.

The Air Quality Index forecast is 105. Any reading of 101 or higher is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” according to the agencies.

The elderly, children and anyone with respiratory diseases should cut back prolonged and heavy exertion. If spending time outside, anyone considered at-risk should take more breaks and do less strenuous activities.

Anyone coughing experiencing a shortness of breath or unusual fatigue should call their health care provider.

The general public is not expected to be affected.

People are encouraged to do the following to reduce ground-level ozone:

  • Avoid driving if possible. If not, combine errands or delay them until the Air Quality Alert is lifted. While driving, avoid excessive idling, especially at drive-thru windows.
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., or wait until the alert is over. Make sure your gas cap is on tightly to avoid letting gas fumes escape.
  • Limit the use of gasoline-powered equipment around the home, such as lawn mowers, chainsaws, power trimmers and shredders.
  • Mow lawns after 6 p.m.

For more information visit MiamiValleyAir.org or call 937-223-6323.

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