Ozone Alert and heat advisory in effect for Saturday, July 17

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Air Quality Program has issued a level orange ozone alert and the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday. Ozone pollution, or smog, can cause various health problems for individuals of all ages, including throat irritation and difficulty breathing. Children, seniors and people with respiratory or heart problems should limit their exposure to outdoor air between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Pollution reduction during these hours can help in the overall air quality. Everyday activities that lead to the increase of air pollution include driving, grilling and doing regular yard work. It is advised to reduce these actions between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Johnson County from noon-7 p.m. Saturday as well. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-lower 90s with humidity near 70 per cent, resulting in heat indexes approaching 105.

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