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A hazy shade of summer?

• SCV's air quality declared unhealthy

Posted: June 27, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Updated: August 28, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Over the past two days, anyone who walked outside in the valley likely noticed the sky appeared hazier than normal. Thank a lack of "June gloom" for that extra haze.

For the second straight day, the South Coast Air Quality Management District declared the air quality in the SCV as unhealthy for sensitive individuals Thursday. The district also forecast unhealthy air quality for today.

"Typically this type of year, we have our typical June gloom," AQMD spokeswoman Tina Cherry said Thursday. "But this year we don't have as much of the June gloom. Instead, we are experiencing the type of weather typical to warmer temperatures of July and August. It's hard to say if the fires in Northern California played a role, but it is a possibility."

The management district warned that unhealthy air quality forecasts and warnings will increase this year due to more stringent federal air quality standards. However, the current hazy conditions - which usually do not appear until July or August - may have arrived in the SCV early because of warmer than normal temperatures this month.

The county Department of Public Health has advised people with heart disease, asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases to remain indoors as much as possible and keep outside physical activities to a minimum.

A similar advisement is in effect for students attending summer schools that had physical education classes or after-school sports.


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