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Scorching Temperatures Prompt Bay Area Spare The Air Alert

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“Spare The Air” sign over San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (AP)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Triple-digit temperatures expected throughout the region Saturday have prompted air quality officials to issue a Spare the Air alert for the Bay Area.

Scorching temperatures cause unhealthy levels of ozone pollution in the Bay Area, according to air quality officials. These temperatures coupled with and low winds and car exhaust cause ozone to be harmful to young children, seniors and anyone with respiratory and heart conditions, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The district advises residents to walk, bike, carpool or use public transit instead of driving.

Anyone planning to exercise outdoors is advised to do so in the morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower, according to the district.

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