Jun 20, 2013 7:14 PM by Dave Hovde

Winds continue to negatively impact air quality

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department are advising the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area due to blowing dust and sand. Due to forecasted high winds, blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur from today through Sunday, June 23 from 11 am to 7 pm, with the dust forecasted to peak from 1pm to 5 pm. Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions, may experience adverse health effects during blowing dust periods.

County officials recommend that the public reschedule outdoor activities to occur when there is no visible dust. If blowing dust and sand is visible in the air, County officials recommend all adults and children avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible, and set any heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems to recirculation. The public is advised to consult your doctor if you are experiencing health problems in an area with blowing dust and sand. If staying indoors does not provide relief, temporarily leaving the area and going to a location where the sand is not blowing and dust is not visible is advised.

Outside the area involved in the reduced air quality, the coastal air quality forecast is actually still quite good.

Friday, Jun 21: 26 AQI Good Ozone
Saturday, Jun 22: 27 AQI Good Ozone
Sunday, Jun 23: 25 AQI Good Ozone
Monday, Jun 24: 24 AQI Good Ozone
Tuesday, Jun 25: 31 AQI Good Ozone

The Air Quality Forecast is provided by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.

For more information, visit http://www.slocleanair.org



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