Limit your time outside today; air quality alert in effect for Nashville

Posted at 6:44 AM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 07:51:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The EPA says Thursday’s air quality could make people with sensitive immune systems feel sick.

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect today for the Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga areas. The air quality index is based on a scale of 0 to 300 – the lower the number, the better the air quality.

Today's forecast is about 101 for Nashville, which qualifies as a Code Orange.

The highest ozone levels will likely be between 2 – 7 today, so reschedule or cut back on outdoor activities if you have respiratory issues. People most susceptible to feeling ill are those with asthma, heart disease, lung issues, the very young and the elderly.

Parents, teachers and coaches should look out for kids who may suddenly start coughing or get out of breath.

Although we've had above average heat this week, we've had a safe air quality stretch. Record heat is possible again this afternoon.

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