Ozone Action Day Declared For Pittsburgh Area Thursday

The heat index could reach up to 105 degrees

Andrew Limberg
July 08, 2020 - 5:25 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - An ozone action day has been forecast for Thursday in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland Counties on Thursday as brutal summer weather continues.

The Code Orange Air Quality Action Day means that people with breathing problems, the elderly, children, pregnant women and people with heart or respiratory disease may have trouble breathing.

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An action day is called “when ground-level ozone and/or fine particulates are expected to exceed national health-based standards,” according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90’s tomorrow with heat indexes ranging from 100 to 105 degrees. Forecasters say even with the hot weather we have had recently, tomorrow will feel particularly brutal.


The National Weather Service says the advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. July 9.

It is advised that you drink plenty of fluids, stay indoors, stay out of the sun and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.

If you work outside, wear loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of water take frequent breaks and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. Symptoms include, heavy sweating, cold or clammy skin, a fast or weak pulse, nausea, muscle cramps, dizziness and headache.

The health department is asking citizens take the following steps to help reduce unhealthy air:

  • Open burning and outdoor fires are NOT allowed in Allegheny County
  • Limit daytime driving. Combine trips when possible.
  • Use public transit or ride share.
  • Walk or bicycle for short trips.
  • Avoid prolonged idling and jack rabbit starts.
  • Don’t refuel. If you must, do so after 7 p.m.
  • Refuel carefully. Don’t top off your tank.
  • Postpone mowing the lawn until after 7 p.m.
  • Use latex instead of oil-based paint.
  • Save energy. Wash dishes and clothes with full loads.
  • Keep window shades/blinds closed during the day to cut down on air conditioning.



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