Spare the Air Days Down, Thanks to Odd Summer Weather

People across Bay Area are being asked to limit driving and avoid strenuous outdoor exercise on Wednesday due to unhealthy, smoggy air.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the third “Spare the Air” alert of the season.
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At a statewide climate change conference in San Francisco the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Christine Rosales talked about this summer’s weather.

”We think this is related to climate change, because we’ve had very unusual weather, which fortunately has benefitted our air quality this summer,” said Rosales.

By this time last year there had been twice as many Spare the Air days.

Officials say forecast temperatures in the 90s this week will create ideal conditions for turning factory and car exhaust into ground-level ozone, or smog.

People sensitive to dirty air are especially advised to limit time outside, particularly in the afternoon hours when temperatures are the hottest.

The “Spare the Air” summer ozone season continues through Sept. 30.

Officials say another alert could be issued for Thursday because of an early forecast for triple-digit temperatures.

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