WXXI AM News

Air Quality Health Advisory in effect for Sunday

Jun 16, 2018

Credit NYS DEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for several counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes on Sunday including: Monroe, Wayne, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming.

The DEC and the New York State Department of Health issue those advisories when levels of pollution exceed certain values.

This is a common occurrence with the summer heat which can lead to the formation of ground-level  ozone. State officials say that vehicle exhaust and out-of-state emission sources are the primary sources of that pollution.

When pollution levels are elevated, state health officials recommend 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.

The advisory on Sunday is in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. You can get more information about ozone at these websites: 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8400.html

https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/air/ozone.htm

The forecast for the Rochester area on Sunday is for sunny skies and a high of 91. There is a Heat Advisory for several area counties including Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Orleans, Genesee and Wayne on Monday from 10am to 8pm, with hot, humid conditions and a high near 90.