PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For the second straight day, an Air Quality Alert is in effect for Southern New England.
The summer-like conditions will stick around for Thursday, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) again expects elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone during the afternoon and late into the evening.
There’s also the risk of isolated and potentially strong thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon into evening.
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Unhealthy levels of ozone can cause a number of adverse health effects, especially in children, the elderly, and those with respiratory ailments.
The DEM recommends limiting outdoor activity and exercise, and staying in an air-conditioned environment if possible.
Residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions by limiting car travel and the use of charcoal lighter fuels and small engines such as lawn mowers, according to the DEM.