Air Quality Alert in effect amid record-breaking temps

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Health is urging people to take it easy on Monday and Tuesday as temperatures reach into the mid-90’s.

At about 3:15 p.m. Monday, the temperature in Providence hit 95 degrees, breaking the record high for June 12.

An Air Quality Alert is in effect until 10 p.m. due to unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone.

The higher ozone levels can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath. The symptoms can be more serious for children, the elderly, and anyone with underlying health issues such as asthma.

Health officials recommend limiting outdoor exercise and strenuous activity, and staying in an air-conditioned environment if possible.

Similar conditions are expected Tuesday afternoon and evening. An Air Quality Alert has already been issued for Bristol, Kent, Newport and Washington Counties, while Providence is expected to see moderate levels of ground-level ozone.

In addition to the heat and humidity on Tuesday, we may also see some scattered, potentially strong thunderstorms.

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