NYC issues air quality alert lasting until TONIGHT

NYC issues air quality alert that will last until TONIGHT after extreme heat made pollution FOUR times higher than safe

  • The five boroughs are under poor air quality alert until 11 p.m. Thursday
  • This was triggered when pollution was found to be 4.4 times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization’s guideline value for air quality.
  • Increase in air pollution is due to the heat wave in New York
  • This is because the extreme heat and stagnant air during a heat wave increases the amount of ozone and PM2 pollution in the air.

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued an air quality alert on Thursday because fine particulate matter (PM2) is more than 4.4 times higher than the World Health Organizationand the alarm bell has been sounded due to the intense heat wave that is raging in the five boroughs.

Fine particles are a mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets, which can include acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles.

The National Weather Service (NWS) shows the air in New York City is “unhealthy for sensitive groups”, such as children and active adults, as well as people with respiratory conditions.

The advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. ET and the city is also under a heat warning through Friday when temperatures are expected to slip into the triple digits – Thursday topped 90F.

The DEC shows that the metro area experiences ozone levels of 107, more than 50% above what is considered “good”, and a PM fine of up to 52 – 12 is considered safe.

According to New York Health data, poor air quality killed 9,500 people in New York City last year and cost the city $22 billion.

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The metropolitan area is under air quality alert as ozone levels have exceeded 100. This means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups and will remain so until at least 11 p.m.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is the tool used by the DEC to communicate day-to-day air quality and does so with color-coded categories to show which regions suffer from polluted air, as well as the groups most at risk and advice on how to reduce exposure. .

There is an AQI for five major pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ozone, particulate pollution (also called particulate matter), carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide.

Each pollutant is generally based on the National Health-Based Ambient Air Quality Standard for that pollutant and the scientific information that supports that standard.

The AQI for ozone is an 8 hour index and for particulate pollution it is a 24 hour index.

The advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. ET and the city is also under a heat warning through Friday as temperatures are expected to slip into the triple digits – Thursday topped 90F

The advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. ET and the city is also under a heat warning through Friday as temperatures are expected to slip into the triple digits – Thursday topped 90F

And the poor air quality has been brought on by intense heat gripping the Big Apple.

This is because the extreme heat and stagnant air during a heat wave increases the amount of ozone and PM2 pollution in the air.

Although Thursday is in the 90s, the added humidity makes it feel like over 100 degrees.

The NWS urges the elderly and people with chronic health conditions or mental disorders – who may be more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses – to stay in air-conditioned spaces when possible.

Those who must work outdoors should take frequent breaks in air-conditioned or shaded areas, the agency said.

The heat wave has lasted for more than a week and has killed at least four New Yorkers, with the last death reported on July 31.

A recent study from the city’s health department found that about 10 New Yorkers die of heat-related causes per year, on average.

A recent study by New York City officials notes that residents' lack of home air conditioning is a huge factor in heat-related deaths.

A recent study by New York City officials notes that residents’ lack of home air conditioning is a huge factor in heat-related deaths.

The report also found that there were around 360 heat-exacerbated deaths each year between 2011 and 2019.

NYC Health also notes that it is residents’ lack of home air conditioning that is a huge factor in heat-related deaths.

“Among those who died of heat stress, the place of death was most often a non-air-conditioned male,” the report said.

“People who died of heat stress were most often exposed to dangerous heat in their homes (69%, n=57 of 83 records with detailed information).

Another 7% were exposed indoors but not in their own residence. Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures can be much higher than outdoors, especially at night, and can continue for days after a heat wave.

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