With all the hot weather this summer, 2012 has had 13 ozone action days so far – already more than last year’s nine days, seven in 2010 and six in 2009. Breathing ozone can trigger coughing, a scratchy throat, or worse, it can aggravate asthma and emphysema.
Tomorrow’s predicted heat could cause problems for certain groups of people and as a result, state environmental officials have called for an air quality action day for the Pittsburgh area.
The Department of Environmental Protection declared a code orange Air Quality Action day for Wednesday in the Pittsburgh area. This includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day, but the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a code orange Air Quality Action Day.
With the hot and humid weather, the region has already seen two air quality action days this week; but health officials say cloud cover is keeping us in the clear today. Most Air Quality Action Days are called on hot, muggy days when there is little wind, but lots of sunlight.