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Memphis area experiences high ozone levels for Tuesday

(Source: MGN)
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Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 5:21 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Health Department issued a “Code Orange Air Quality Forecast Advisory” for Monday and Tuesday for the Memphis area.

This means the ozone levels are predicted to exceed the eight-hour air quality standards.

Hot temperatures combined with little to no cloud cover, calm to light winds, low humidity and strong high pressure can lead to high ozone concentration, the SCHD said.

Here are a few precautions for active children, adults and people with respiratory difficulties:

  • Limit prolonged outdoor activities during afternoon hours
  • High ozone levels can cause nose, eye, throat, and lung irritation
  • Can aggravate existing conditions and lead to increased potential for illness

Here are some ozone reduction tips:

  • Refuel cars and lawnmowers after 7 p. m.
  • Carpool or mass transit
  • Combine errands instead of many separate trips
  • Drive less, especially during peak hours

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