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Air Quality Alert in effect for several Northeast Ohio counties

Air quality levels may be "unhealthy for sensitive groups" during the day on Friday and Saturday.

CLEVELAND — Amid surging temperatures across the area this week, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) has issued an Air Quality Advisory that will be in effect until midnight on Sunday for several counties in the region. 

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The advisory has been activated because NOACA says air quality levels may be "unhealthy for sensitive groups" during this period.

The following counties will be impacted by the Air Quality Advisory:

  • Ashtabula
  • Cuyahoga
  • Geauga
  • Lake
  • Lorain
  • Medina
  • Portage
  • Summit

So what does an Air Quality Alert mean for you?

“Air quality levels will be unhealthy for sensitive groups during this period,” according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “If you are in the sensitive groups category of children, the elderly and those with breathing difficulties, please monitor your outdoor activity and check air quality readings at airnow.gov.”

Other tips during an Air Quality Alert include:

  • Don’t idle: Turn off your engine
  • Refill your gas tank after sunset
  • Wait to mow the lawn

This heat and sunshine is sticking around for a while, too.

“We’re going to remain in the 80s to near 90 for the rest of the work week," explains 3News meteorologist Hollie Strano. Looking ahead to the weekend, Strano says we bring in isolated shower and storm chances later on Saturday. Behind that front, temperatures will fall back into the 70s by early next week.

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