Alert for poor air quality in New York City

This June 19, a day of celebration in the United States, heat and poor air quality in New York are the theme of the day.

High heat and humidity continue on Wednesday, June 19, with highs expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees in the afternoon.

But, on the other hand, there is an alert for poor air quality in New York; and it may continue through the weekend.

The poor air quality alert for New York City, northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley was reinstated Wednesday and will likely continue for the next several days.


The worst of the heat in New York will be felt on Friday, June 21, before a cold front moves into the area bringing with it the potential for some isolated severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

Although temperatures will drop a couple of degrees behind the front for our weekend, it will still be very warm with high humidity and a chance of some rain through the start of the next work week.

Alert for poor air quality in New York City

The alert for poor air quality in New York was issued by authorities primarily for the afternoon hours.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Governor Kathy Hochul issued an air quality health advisory for the New York City metropolitan region from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

The main concern is ozone, according to the DEC, as the air quality index is expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Experts say active children and adults and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or strenuous exertion outdoors. Officials also suggest more rest breaks.

Officials advise people to watch for symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath and to follow the action plan they have predetermined with their providers.

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