Air Quality Alert Issued As Temperatures Climb

Jun 12, 2017

Credit National Weather Service

It’s going to be a hot Monday folks. The mercury is expected to climb into the 90s for the greater Providence area.

Will we break any records? It’s unlikely, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Babcock.

The record high for June 12 is 94 degrees Fahrenheit, said Babcock.  

“Temperatures will be in the 90’s, probably about 91 or 92 degrees in the Providence area,” Babcock predicted. “So we will be coming close, whether or not we break it, doesn’t sound like it at this point.”

The record high has occurred twice, once in 1933 and again in 1973.

With temperatures rising, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Alert for Monday due to high ground-level ozone concentrations. The alert is in effect from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. 

High pressure, heat, and sunshine make for a combination that boosts ozone concentrations.

Environmental officials warned that high levels of ozone can negatively affect children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems. They advised residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the alert. According to the DEM, emissions of smog-producing chemicals, such as car exhaust, can increase ozone pollution.

The DEM recommends carpooling, avoiding gasoline spills at the pump, and limiting barbeque emissions as a way to help reduce ground-level ozone.