National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Today
Aug. 31 has been declared a ozone action day for parts of Michigan.
Residents west and in the southeastern parts of Michigan are urged to limit their outdoor exposure Friday after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment have declared it an Air Action Day.
Such a classification means an elevated amount of ozone is in the atmosphere, therefore there will be more pollutants in the air--conditions that could be difficult or harmful to those with asthma or other similar respiratory problems.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to reach 92 Friday, and Michigan is expected to feel the fallout of Hurricane Issac with rain showers Sunday and Monday.
The alert recommends avoiding actions that could add to the ozone in the atmosphere, which include:
- refueling vehicles
- using gasoline-powered lawn equipment
- using charcoal lighter fluid
Those actions that are recommended:
- use of water based paints
The alert also recommends to limit outdoor exertion, especially by those with respiratory problems.