6-21-23       Wednesday News      6 P.M.   Email # 1

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued another Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) for Wednesday, June 21st with the forecast of high ozone levels.

Cities and towns impacted in North Central Indiana include Plymouth, Elkhart, Goshen, Knox, Logansport, Peru, South Bend, Warsaw, Winamac, and all other cities within the area.

The Air Quality Action Day also impacts Northeast and Northwest Indiana communities.

Continued sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s with east winds will contribute to high ozone levels. 

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone layer by making changes to daily habits. You can:

  • Drive less, avoid refueling your vehicle, or use gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m., don’t let your engine idle at the bank drive-ups or restaurant drive-throughs and conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the thermostat to 75 degrees or above 

Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.

To learn more about ozone or to sign up for air quality alerts, visit SmogWatch.IN.gov.