The City of Indianapolis forecasts Sunday, July 1 as well as Monday July, 2 as Knozone Air Quality Action Days for ozone. The region’s air quality may become unhealthy for individuals who are sensitive to air pollutants and may be categorized as “orange” on the Air Quality Index (AQI). With the extremely high and dangerous temperatures, the City encourages everyone to refrain from being outdoors and try to stay inside when possible. A large drop in pollutants is predicted for Saturday in Central Indiana with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms scheduled to move across the state.
Both days’ AQI forecast indicates that ground-level ozone levels may be high. Ground-level ozone is the key component in urban and regional smog. Smog is formed when harmful emissions from a variety of sources react with sunlight. Because heat and sunlight are important in its formation, ground-level ozone is more common from April through September.
lung disease and decreased lung function. It can also trigger and intensify asthma attacks. Children, the elderly, and people already suffering from lung disease are especially vulnerable to its effects.
Individuals, especially active children, the elderly and anyone suffering from lung disease, should also monitor their health on Knozone Air Quality Action Days. People who have any concerns about how air pollution affects their health should seek the advice of a physician. For more information, visit www.indy.gov/knozone where you can view the new Public Service Announcement (PSA). You can call (317) 327-4AIR for current air quality information.