A Code Orange Alert has just been issued today for the Charlotte region, with an Air Quality Index expected to exceed 105 today.
The alert notes that; “the large-scale meteorological pattern continues to be a favorable setup for ozone: plentiful sunshine, stable air, and light, steady winds are all conducive to ozone photochemistry…”
The National Weather Service notes that “people with health issues, like asthma, should limit outdoor activity…”
☀️ With a stagnant and hot airmass in place, poor air quality is anticipated Friday. The NCDEQ and Forsyth Co EAP have issued Air Quality Alerts for high ground-level ozone Friday. People with health issues, like asthma, should limit outdoor activity. #ncwx #cltwx pic.twitter.com/nC3tsesnw2
— NWS GSP (@NWSGSP) May 19, 2022
Today’s high temperatures, along with the low air quality increases everyone’s chance of heat exhaustion and heat stroke – make sure to stay hydrated at all times.
If you’re planning on spending an extended amount of time outside today, make sure you wear breathable clothes and consider getting a small fan, personal air conditioner, or evaporative cooling towel.
Stay safe out there!