High temperatures trigger Air Quality Alert

Due to the high temperatures an Air Quality Alert is in effect from 11am to 11pm today, according to Linden police and other sources.

An Air Quality Action day means that ground level ozone within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.

Residents are reminded to limit exposure to heat if possible and stay hydrated.

Meanwhile, Rahway police said a heat advisory and air quality alert issued by the National Weather Service for today indicated temperatures expected near 100-degrees Fahrenheit.

Cooling centers are available in several communities, including Perth Amboy and Rahway. Check with local authorities if you are in need.

When the quantity of ozone found at ground level poses a health threat, consider spending as much of the day as you can in an air conditioned space.

Air quality gets worse in the afternoons on such days and tends to get better after 7 pm.

Keep cool save money and energy by hanging out in local public buildings that are air conditioned. Some personal favorites include the library, shopping malls, museums, music halls, art galleries, and schools that are both climate controlled and interesting spots to spend time.

Check out the EPA’s wonderful Air Quality and Your Health page for more detailed information. 

Air Quality Alert days are also a terrific if grim reminder to reduce driving, reevaluate habits that cause unnecessary emissions and to get to know your community in a cool public place. 

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