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Air Quality

07/12/09 (12:29 pm) The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that tomorrow the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy for sensitive groups". Sensitive or susceptible persons, such as those with heart or lung disease, should minimize outdoor activity.

12/09/08 (10:59 am): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that tomorrow the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy for sensitive groups". In areas directly impacted by windblown dust, everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors.

09/07/08 (12:25 pm): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that tomorrow the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy for sensitive groups" (AQI=135).

07/14/08 (9:00 am): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Moderate" (AQI=97).

07/11/08 (1:00 pm): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" (AQI=135), with a forecast of the same for tomorrow 07/12/08 (AQI=135).

07/09/08 (1:30 pm): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy" (AQI=172), with a forecast of the same for tomorrow 07/10/08 (AQI=156).

07/08/08 (1:30 pm): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy" (AQI=174).

05/19/08 (5:41 am): National Weather Service in San Diego released a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" for the Riverside County mountain area. The hot weather will be near record breaking high temperatures tonight. Beginning tomorrow through Sunday, strong onshore flow will bring winds near advisory strength.

05/18/08 (2:30 pm): The South Coast Air Quality Management District indicated that the Metro Riverside Area will experience an air quality level that is "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" (AQI=114).

04/30/08 (1:30 pm)

  • A dust advisory is in effect for Coachella Valley (Area 30). Strong winds and blowing dust are expected to last throughout the day. Air quality is expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level or higher in areas of the Coachella Valley impacted by windblown dust (see table below for specific meaning of this health concern).
  • A smoke advisory is in effect for Coachella Valley (Area 30) and the Anza Area (Area 27) in Riverside County. Smoke and ash from the Apache fire currently burning in the San Jacinto Mountains west of Idyllwild is expected. Air quality is expected to reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level or higher in areas directly impacted by the wildfire smoke and ash.
  • Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion in smoke impacted areas; people with respiratory or heart disase, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extermely hot inside. In these cases, seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

 

Air Quality Index Levels (AQI) Values Levels of Health Concern Meaning
When the AQI
is in this range:
...air quality conditions are: ...the effects to health are:
0-50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
51-100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
101-150 Unhealthy for
Sensitive Groups
Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
151-200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
201-300 Very Unhealthy Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.
> 300 Hazardous Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

(Source: AIRNow, 2007-10-25)

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