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Triangle Sees First Ozone Warning of Summer

Posted June 18, 2007

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— Hot temperatures and stagnant air led air-quality officials to declare an ozone-action day for the Triangle and other metro areas across North Carolina on Monday.

The "Code Orange" is the first ozone alert issued for the Triangle this summer. The state Division of Air Quality also designated Tuesday a "Code Orange" day for the Triangle, the Triad and the Charlotte area.

A high-pressure system sitting over the Southeast was expected to produce high temperatures in the upper 90s on Monday. Low humidity would prevent a heat index over 100, according to WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

People who are sensitive to air pollution should avoid moderate exertion outdoors in the afternoon, according to officials. Sensitive groups include children who are active outside, people who work or exercise outdoors and those with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory ailments.

Officials also asked area residents to carpool or drive less and to avoid using gas-powered lawn equipment until later in the evening.

A cold front is expected to cross North Carolina late Tuesday, bringing lower temperatures and an increased chance of rain on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, Gardner said.

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  • Brick Tamland Jun 20, 2007

    Good job with the forecast this morning (Wed). Yeah, there's no rain at all in the Triangle today.

  • dhamma Jun 19, 2007

    whats with the smoke and the orange sky?

  • wolfmandan Jun 19, 2007

    Just think..if this is a taste of Global Warming..Imagine 10 years from now..Another Death Valley..Alaska is looking mighty good right about now!!..

  • the alliance Jun 19, 2007

    Praise God for cold fronts. :)

  • Mr. Iowa Jun 18, 2007

    That should is really a shouldn't. The air is even getting to my keyboard it appears!

  • Mr. Iowa Jun 18, 2007

    So, let's get this straight. You're telling me that I shouldn't bike 7.5 miles to work (and another 7.5 back), but I should drive to work either. Do meteorologists not understand that I have a real job?

    Oh, and nobody lives around me; it'd be more gas for someone to come and carpool with me than to just drive myself!

  • DeM Jun 18, 2007

    Triangle Sees First Ozone Warning of Summer

    Check your dates. It's not summer yet, despite the heat.