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AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Suffolk...Nassau...Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Wes chester...Rockland. from 11 AM this morning to 11 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an Air Quality Index value of 100 for the pollutant of Ground Level Ozone . The Air Quality Index...or AQI...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the AQI value...the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young...and those with preexisting respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. For additional information, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at,, or call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-535-1345.

Hot Weather Brings Heat Warnings, Hazardous Weather Outlook & Air Quality Alerts to Long Island

This week's hot weather has prompted warnings from NOAA, the DEC, and a statement from the Governor.

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With temperatures continuing to rise this week, many Long Islanders are growing concerned about the heat, and this week's forecast. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo issued an Advisory Statement urging New Yorkers to stay cool, and take precautions to avoid experiencing a heat stroke, sunburn, and various other heat-induced ailments. The hot weather may be frustrating for many, but it is nothing to take lightly - heat-induced medical emergencies and deaths happen every summer, and are often preventable.

In addition to the scortching heat, the New York Metro area and Long Island are also on heightened advisory because of air quality issues, according to the New York State Department of Conservation. In a Press Release from today, the NYS DEC announced that an Air Quality Advisory would be in effect until 11 PM this evening, and New Yorkers are urged to limit their driving and use of appliances in an effort to save energy and reduce pollution.

There is also a Hazardous Weather Outlook for both Nassau and Suffolk - according to the National Weather Service, Long Island should be expecting a series of Thunderstorms starting this even, and potentially continuing through the entire weekend. As these conditions develop, we will be sure to bring you updates on the forecast.

Right now, it is important for Long Islanders to remain hydrated, and stay out of the heat if possible. If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from a heat-related condition, seek medical attention immediately. For more information on Heat Safety, check out New York State's Heat Safety Tip Guide.

[Sources: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, NYS DEC, NWS.]