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Apr 8, 2013 1:11 PM

High winds expected to foul up the air Monday

PIMA COUNTY - The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an air quality advisory due to the potential for elevated levels of wind-blown particulate matter today. Gusty winds are forecasted and may cause higher than normal levels of airborne particulate matter. Particulate matter is made up of tiny specks of soot, dust, and aerosols that are suspended in the air we breathe.

Individuals with heart disease and respiratory sensitivities may wish to reduce exposure to outside air. If you need to go outside when particulate levels are elevated, it is suggested you reduce your level of exertion to decrease the amount of particulates you breathe into your lungs.

This advisory will be in effect as long as current conditions last.

PDEQ monitors air pollution in our region at 18 air quality monitoring sites. Up-to-the-hour air pollution levels are available online at the PDEQ website www.airinfonow.org or by calling the PDEQ hotline at (520) 882-4AIR.

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