NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Alert for Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Rockland and New York City.
IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING.
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF GROUND LEVEL OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS. PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN.
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1-800-535-1345.
National Weather Service Forecast for White Plains:
Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. West wind between 7 and 14 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. North wind between 3 and 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93. West wind between 5 and 9 mph. Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.