SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Monday, a spokeswoman said.

Monday’s smog alert is the third consecutive and the eighth for the summer season, Air Quality Management District spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said.

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“We may have another one on Tuesday as well,” Roselius added.

On Monday the Bay Area is expected to be mostly sunny with Coastal

highs in the 70s to lower 80s and inland temperatures in the lower to mid 90s. Winds of 5 to 10 mph are expected.

“We’re hoping that people re-think their commute tomorrow and take carpool or transit instead of driving alone,” Roselius said.

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There is no free transit tomorrow, and there is no wood-burning ban in place. Wood burning bans are common during winter Spare the Air alerts because of the particulate matter contained in wood smoke.

The air district monitors daily air pollution levels and produces air quality forecasts every day based on an index developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

When the index indicates unhealthy concentrations of ground-level ozone—commonly known as smog—the air district issues the Spare the Air alerts.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is a regional agency chartered with safeguarding air quality in the nine-county Bay Area.

For more information about the Spare the Air program, visit http://www.sparetheair.org.

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