DEP issues air quality alert for ozone on Friday, May 27

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Friday, May 27
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Friday, May 27: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, May 28: 98 AQI Moderate Ozone
77 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
 Friday’s forecast: Sunshine and a few clouds will prevail for the day Friday. Warm and humid with a late afternoon or evening thunderstorm in the area. Code ORANGE levels of ozone will again occur with the sunshine and heat ramping up ozone production. Fine particulate levels will again be in the moderate range. Warm and sticky Friday night with lows in the middle and upper 60s.

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.

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