Air Quality Alert issued for the Finger Lakes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has expanded the air quality health advisory to include Seneca, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Yates counties in the Finger Lakes.

Air quality levels in the region are expected to be greater than the index value of 100 for ozone during the afternoon hours on Monday.

The Air Quality Indix or AQI was created as an easy way to correlate level of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the AQI value, the greater the health risk or concern.

When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.

People who are especially sensitive to the impacts of poor air quality, such as those with asthma or heart disease are urged to seriously limit outdoor activity.

High temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees throughout the Finger Lakes on Monday.