Air Quality Alert in effect for most; Hot and sunny for Independence Day

There is an Air Quality Alert in effect for Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Counties until midnight on Sunday, issued by the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency.

The agency also issued an Air Pollution Alert for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.

In the affected counties, levels of ozone and air pollution is expected to exceed unhealthy standards, which could especially affect sensitive groups like the elderly, children, or people with lung or heart problems.

During the advisory days, the agency urged the public to reduce ozone and air pollution by a few actions:

  • Taking the bus, carpooling, riding a bike or walking instead of driving alone
  • Refueling your vehicle after 8 p.m.
  • Avoiding idling your vehicle
  • Mowing your lawn in the evening and avoiding using gas-powered equipment

Today will be a hot a sunny day, with temperatures climbing to around 94 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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While not the warmest Independence Day on record, which would be 104 degrees in 1897 according to the NWS, temperatures will definitely be well above average, which would be around 85 degrees.

Overnight temperatures will fall to around 68 degrees. This is much closer to the average low for July 4th, which is around 64 degrees.

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Tomorrow, we will continue to see hot and dry conditions, with temperatures rising slightly. During the day highs will reach near 95 degrees, and fall to around 70 degrees overnight.

For Monday, the NWS forecast that temperatures will climb even higher, up to near 97 degrees, and only drop to around 73 degrees overnight.

The NWS predicted that hot weather will continue for some weeks

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