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DIAMOND BAR – The South Coast Air Quality Management District predicted that air quality will be in the good to unhealthy range in the South Coast Air Basin tomorrow.

In addition, the AQMD predicted that air quality will be in the moderate to unhealthy range in the South Coast Air Basin today.

The forecast released by the AQMD lists the highest expected Air Quality Index level — for ozone unless otherwise noted — in each area of the South Coast Basin.

Area AQI Forecast for Tomorrow

GOOD in the following area(s):

Inland Orange County AQI: 46 Ozone

MODERATE in the following area(s):

Antelope Valley AQI: 90 Ozone

Coachella Valley/Low Desert AQI: 87 Ozone

Coastal Area AQI: 59 PM2.5

Metropolitan Area AQI: 66 PM2.5

Temecula/Anza Area AQI: 87 Ozone

UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in the following area(s):

Banning Pass Area AQI: 126 Ozone

Big Bear Lake AQI: 133 Ozone

Central Mojave Desert AQI: 105 Ozone

Hemet/Elsinore Area AQI: 122 Ozone

Northern Mojave Desert AQI: 105 Ozone

Riverside Valley AQI: 118 Ozone

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys AQI: 143 Ozone

San Gabriel Mountains AQI: 122 Ozone

San Gabriel Valley AQI: 126 Ozone

Victor Valley AQI: 122 Ozone

UNHEALTHY in the following area(s):

San Bernardino Mountains AQI: 159 Ozone

San Bernardino Valley AQI: 172 Ozone

Area AQI Forecast for Today

MODERATE in the following area(s):

Antelope Valley AQI: 87 Ozone

Coachella Valley/Low Desert AQI: 87 Ozone

Coastal Area AQI: 53 PM2.5

Inland Orange County AQI: 71 Ozone

Metropolitan Area AQI: 55 PM2.5

Temecula/Anza Area AQI: 87 Ozone

UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in the following area(s):

Banning Pass Area AQI: 133 Ozone

Big Bear Lake AQI: 150 Ozone

Central Mojave Desert AQI: 105 Ozone

Hemet/Elsinore Area AQI: 140 Ozone

Northern Mojave Desert AQI: 101 Ozone

Riverside Valley AQI: 129 Ozone

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys AQI: 133 Ozone

San Gabriel Mountains AQI: 108 Ozone

San Gabriel Valley AQI: 115 Ozone

Victor Valley AQI: 112 Ozone

UNHEALTHY in the following area(s):

San Bernardino Mountains AQI: 159 Ozone

San Bernardino Valley AQI: 182 Ozone

The AQI measures the amount of pollutants in the air, whether ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter) or PM10 (particulate matter 10 micrometers or less in diameter).

Conditions are considered “good” when AQI levels are between zero and 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

When AQI levels are 51 to 100, air quality is deemed “moderate,” which means that air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Air quality is designated “unhealthy for sensitive groups” when AQI levels are from 101 to 150. At this level, active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

When AQI levels are between 151 and 200, air quality is deemed “unhealthy.” At this level, active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion. Everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

“Very unhealthy” air quality is declared when the AQI registers between 201 and 300. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, should avoid all outdoor exertion when the AQI is at this level. Everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.

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CNS-08-05-2021 13:08