The NYS Department of Environment Conservation has issued an air quality alert for much of the tri-state area today, including both Suffolk and Nassau counties.

An air quality alert means that the level of the ground-level pollutant ozone is expected to be greater than an Air Quality Index of 100.

Ground-level ozone pollution can cause adverse health effects, particularly for those engaging in strenuous outdoor physical activity or for those at higher risk due to very young age or pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

When the level of ground-level ozone is elevated, residents should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.

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