Hazy Sunshine Partly Sunny

It's a partly sunny, but hazy afternoon on July 9. 

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Ocean County. 

The combination of sunlight, high temperatures and weak winds will allow air to stagnate and turn "unhealthy for sensitive groups." These groups include children, people with asthma, heart disease and lung disease, and the elderly.

This is a code orange air quality alert, the third highest of six categories. While the morning air quality will be OK, it will rise during the midday and afternoon. 

Air quality alerts often come with high heat. The region will jump over 90 degrees during the day. The only places that will not reach 90 will be in Long Beach Island, as well as the shores of the Delaware Bay thanks to a light southwest wind. 

Stormy and steamy: June 2019 South Jersey Climate Roundup

Ground ozone is created by chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight. This is caused by industry emission, car exhaust, gasoline vapors, among others. This air quality alert is not related to the smoke from the Canadian Wildfires that brought a hazy sky on Tuesday. 

To prevent low air quality-related issues, avoid strenuous activity or outdoor exercise. 

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