Steamy conditions bring air-quality concerns

Published 10:45 am Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday brought blazing heat and humidity with a side of pollution today.

As highs across much of Minnesota were expected to reach the low 90s Friday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution advisory for portions of southern, western, central and Minnesota through 9 p.m.

Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The forecasted temperatures in the low 90s, mostly sunny skies and light south-southwesterly winds were expected to promote the creation of ozone in the advisory area.

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The agency said as a result the air quality index is expected to reach to the low to mid-90s today, which is approaching air quality conditions considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Ozone concentrations will decline overnight with thunderstorms but are expected to increase again Saturday.

Sensitive groups include people with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, the elderly, children and people who participate in outdoor activities requiring extended or heavy exertion.

These people are encouraged to postpone or reduce vigorous outdoor activity or schedule this activity for later in the morning.

High ozone levels may make it more difficult to breathe deeply and vigorously, causing shortness of breath and breathing discomfort. It could result in coughing and a sore or scratchy throat.

People are encouraged to contact their physician if they experience these symptoms.

Heat wave

Steamy temperatures to continue into next week:

Friday: 92

Saturday: 91

Sunday: 85

Monday: 84