FOX 8 Weather: Air Quality Alert Issued

From FOX 8 Meteorologist Bruce Katz:

No big changes in the foreseeable future as we set up for a dry week ahead. High pressure locks in for the next several days. We can expect sunny days with warm to hot temperatures, and nights will be mild and pleasant. We will threaten record highs through Friday.

Humidity will slowly build during the week with a definite rise mid-week as winds become southeasterly. The next chance for rain is very slim and doesn't come until we move into next weekend. Even then it looks very spotty.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Alert Tuesday for New Orleans and surrounding parishes, including Jefferson, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes.

Air Quality Alerts are issued when the atmosphere is hot and humid and ozone emissions do not dissipate. 

The alert will be in effect from noon to 7 p.m.

It can be unhealthy for active children and adults, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to spend long periods of time outside. 

If you have breathing difficulties - it is best to stay indoors when levels are high. 

You can help the air quality by making sure your gas cap is tight and by waiting until after six p-m to refuel your car or mow your lawn. 

For updates on the go, download the FOX 8 Weather App or call our Delta World Tire Weather Phone at 504-500-2888.

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