Thursday, July 12, 2018

Friday, July 13 Declared Code Orange Air Quality Action Day In All 5 PA Air Regions

The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone in all 5 air quality regions in the state, including--
-- Liberty-Clairton: Liberty, Clairton, Port Vue, Lincoln, Glassport, Allegheny County;
-- Southwest PA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland counties;
-- Southcentral PA:  Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties;
-- Lehigh Valley: Berks, Lehigh Northampton counties;
-- Southeast: Bucks Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
On Friday, a strong and building ridge of high pressure will promote mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s Fahrenheit. The high temperatures and sunshine in conjunction with light surface winds will act to promote ozone development into the code ORANGE range during the afternoon hours.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.
To help keep the air healthy, residents and business are encouraged to voluntarily restrict certain pollution-producing activities by:
-- Refueling cars and trucks after dusk;
-- Setting air conditioner thermostats to a higher temperature;
-- Carpooling or using public transportation; and
-- Combining errands to reduce trips.
These forecasts are provided in conjunction with DEP’s regional air quality partnerships.
Visit DEP’s Air Quality Partnerships webpage for more information on air quality across Pennsylvania.

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