Air quality, Minnecota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued the warning for the air quality alert for the several cities which includes Rochester, Albert Lea, Mankato and its surrounding areas. This issue comes when the Memorial Day weekend heat wave has been continued across the state.

The quality of the air is going to get worsened on Monday to the unhealthy levels. The factors like hot temperatures, sunny skies, and light winds have caused to increase the ground-level ozone. This level of air is said to be unhealthy for the sensitive groups. The concentrations of Ozone will be low in the morning hour but gradually the levels will get a rise in the midday through the afternoon, and the quality of the air will improve in the evening as thunderstorm will be occurring in Southern Minnesota and the sun lowers in the sky.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it said, “Air quality is expected to worsen Monday to unhealthy levels. Sunny skies, hot temperatures and light winds will combine to cause an increase in ground-level ozone.” The high level of the ozone can cause lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, and emphysema as per MPCA. The people should start taking precautions like limiting extended and heavy physical activity.

The temperatures of the area have reached the upper 80s and 90s which is across Minnesota on Sunday, and also some areas got triple-digit readings. The Duluth airport which set for the record as high as 88 degrees and it has beaten the previous record of 86 which has occurred in 1969.

According to the Weather Service, La Crosse, Wis, has reached the high of about 98 degrees. Sioux Falls, S.D. has been set as high with 95 and Rochester, Minn. has tied with a record with high of 93. Worthington, Minn. has hit by 100 degrees on Sunday and Madison, Minn. has reached 102.

As per the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, it reported, “Temperatures will only cool into the low to mid-70s tonight, especially downtown, so the heat advisory has been extended through the night. Highs Monday will likely reach the upper 90s. The humidity will also be higher than (Sunday), resulting in peak heat indices possibly in the lower 100s by afternoon.”

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