Rhode Island environmental officials predict unhealthy air quality levels for Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management expects air quality to reach unhealthy levels Wednesday.

According to the department on Tuesday, unhealthy air quality conditions are predicted due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations.

Officials said fine particles readings are also expected to reach moderate statewide with some light fire smoke expected in the area.

The department said the highest levels of ozone are expected along the immediate coastline.

Officials warned that unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, chest pain, shortness of breath and aggravation of asthma along with other respiratory conditions.

Those with asthma and similar conditions are likely to be the most affected — they are advised to refrain from outdoor exercise.

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