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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 good to moderate 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):

Antelope Valley AQI: 36 Ozone

Big Bear Lake AQI: 45 Ozone

Northern Mojave Desert AQI: 41 Ozone

San Bernardino Mountains AQI: 47 Ozone

Victor Valley AQI: 45 Ozone

MODERATE in the following area(s):

Banning Pass Area AQI: 58 Ozone

Central Mojave Desert AQI: 58 Ozone

Coachella Valley/Low Desert AQI: 53 PM2.5

Hemet/Elsinore Area AQI: 84 PM2.5

Riverside Valley AQI: 95 PM2.5

San Bernardino Valley AQI: 80 PM2.5

San Gabriel Mountains AQI: 70 PM2.5

Temecula/Anza Area AQI: 82 PM2.5

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

Inland Orange County AQI: 124 PM2.5

Metropolitan Area AQI: 134 PM2.5

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys AQI: 115 PM2.5

San Gabriel Valley AQI: 124 PM2.5

UNHEALTHY in the following area(s):

Coastal Area AQI: 157 PM2.5

Area AQI Forecast for Today

GOOD in the following area(s):

Antelope Valley AQI: 42 PM2.5

Banning Pass Area AQI: 46 Ozone

Big Bear Lake AQI: 46 Ozone

Central Mojave Desert AQI: 43 Ozone

Northern Mojave Desert AQI: 43 Ozone

San Bernardino Mountains AQI: 48 PM2.5

Victor Valley AQI: 49 PM2.5

MODERATE in the following area(s):

Coachella Valley/Low Desert AQI: 51 PM2.5

Coastal Area AQI: 97 PM2.5

Hemet/Elsinore Area AQI: 56 PM2.5

Inland Orange County AQI: 75 PM2.5

Metropolitan Area AQI: 93 PM2.5

Riverside Valley AQI: 63 PM2.5

San Bernardino Valley AQI: 64 PM2.5

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys AQI: 85 PM2.5

San Gabriel Mountains AQI: 59 PM2.5

San Gabriel Valley AQI: 83 PM2.5

Temecula/Anza Area AQI: 52 PM2.5

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-10-13-2021 13:07