WEATHER ALERT: Smog Warning Issued For This Weekend
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a warning for “high levels of ozone pollution” (smog) for both King and Pierce counties, and are forecasting levels to reach “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)” category this weekend as the region comes under the influence of a hot and stagnant weather pattern.
So if you’ve got breathing issues, or know someone who does, you might want to be cautious.
Here’s the warning:
High levels of ozone pollution (smog) are being forecast by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for the Cascade foothills of King and Pierce counties and are expected to reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)” category this weekend as the region comes under the influence of a hot and stagnant weather pattern.
Exposure to ground-level ozone can trigger asthma attacks, make breathing difficult, exacerbate lung and heart problems and weaken the immune system. The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors. Air pollution is especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems, and adults over age 65.
Smoggy conditions will mostly impact communities in the Cascade foothills of King and Pierce counties. These outlying suburban and rural areas accumulate pollution generated by traffic and activities in the urban areas of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma.
Fine particle pollution levels are also rising, and are likely to reach the ?Moderate? category in most areas throughout the Puget Sound region.
Elevated pollution levels are expected to last at least through Tuesday.
Monitor current ozone levels at http://www.pscleanair.org/airq/aqiozone.aspx#.
To learn about the extended air quality forecast, read our forecast discussion at: http://www.pscleanair.org/fcstdisc.aspx.
Minimizing summertime ozone takes year-round effort. It’s changing everyday behaviors that can add up to cleaner, less smoggy air. To learn more about smog and what you can to lessen the pollution leading up to it, visit www.pscleanair.org/airq/basics/weather/smog.aspx.