Heat brings new Code Orange Air Quality Alert

June 2, 2011 8:29:49 AM PDT
As the temperatures climb, the quality of the air we breathe in parts of central North Carolina is dropping for the second straight day.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in Raleigh has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ground level ozone.

The alert covers Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Person, Vance, and Wake counties until 9 p.m.

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An air quality action day means that ground level ozone concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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