SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It continues to look and feel like summer with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 80s. What was also more noticeable on Thursday was the haze in the air, an indication of unhealthy air quality.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued an air quality alert for all of western Massachusetts except Berkshire County. This means that there is an elevated concentration of ground level ozone.
Ground level ozone forms when organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen interact in strong sunlight. Cars, trucks, buses and trains give off the majority of the pollution that creates ozone.
People who are more sensitive, like the elderly, the very young or people with respiratory problems, should refrain from strenuous outdoor activities when the air quality is poor. But not everybody is affected.
“It doesn’t seem to bother me at all I go out all day long I walk my dog after work I’m out and I don’t have any problems,” said Cathy Brunelle of Wilbraham.
“Some allergies a little bit but we work in offices all day with the windows closed so we enjoy every minute of it,” said Kathy Monthei of Springfield.
If you do have health issues it’s a good idea to stay indoors in air conditioning. And when it’s this warm it’s better to exercise in the morning or evening instead of the afternoon when the sun is strongest.
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