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Air quality health advisory in effect Monday

An air quality health advisory is in effect today on Long Island from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Ground-level ozone will make outdoor air today unhealthy for sensitive groups, including young children, the elderly and people with lung disease, such as asthma, according to state health officials. People in those groups should limit prolonged exposure to outdoor air and reduce all outdoor activity. For more information, see the EPA brochure “AQI: A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health.”

Summer heat can lead to the formation of ground-level ozone, a major component of photochemical smog, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

All people should avoid prolonged physical exertion outdoors today, according to the Department of Health. Drink plenty of water to remain well-hydrated.

And don’t forget to cover up. Today’s UV index is 10 on a scale of 1-11, meaning protection against sun damage is needed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., take steps to reduce sun exposure. A shirt, hat and sunscreen are a must, and be sure you seek shade.

Beachgoers are urged to remember that white sand, water and other bright surfaces reflect UV and can double UV exposure.

For more information about UV exposure, see the EPA website.