Air Quality-Utah

In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, a layer of smog hangs over the Salt Lake City area.

OGDEN — A hot week with poor air quality is ahead for Northern Utah residents. 

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups in Weber and Davis counties until at least Wednesday as ozone builds up, according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality

“With temps forecasted in the mid 90s this week with little wind and no rain, we can expect worsening #AirQuality,” the DEQ said in a tweet Monday.

Ozone generally peaks in the air from 4-6 p.m., and irritates respiratory systems, reduces lung function and aggregates heart and lung condition, the DEQ  said. Those sensitive to ozone — including children, the elderly, people who work outside, and those with existing heart or lung conditions — should avoid outdoor activities during that time. 

Drivers are encouraged to limit their activity or take public transportation, and activities like lawn mowing should be curbed to help reduce pollution. 

High temperatures in Ogden are expected to reach the upper 80s and lower 90s throughout the week with few clouds in sight, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City’s forecast.

When temperatures start to rise during the summer, the American Red Cross offers several tips to help stay cool and safe:

  • Don’t leave children or pets alone in vehicles. 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. 
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay inside and avoid heavy exercise during the hottest parts of the day. 
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning or spend much of their time alone. Check on animals more frequently. 

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