DEM: Air quality to get unhealthy Tuesday PM

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Due to anticipated hot and humid air in Rhode Island on Tuesday, as well as elevated concentrations of ground level ozone, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is issuing an air quality alert and health advisory.

Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours, a very hot and humid air mass with west-to-southwest winds will be present, the department said in a news release Monday.

Rhode Islanders are encouraged to help reduce air pollutant emissions by limiting car travel and the use of small engines, lawn mowers and charcoal lighter fuels.

As ozone levels increase, more people can be affected by scratchy throats, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection, and aggravation of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Exercise and heavy activity can exacerbate the trouble.

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