There's something in the air and it ain't love. An Air Quality Alert is in effect for all of Central New York from 11:00AM Friday until 11:00PM Friday night.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Madison, Onondaga and Oneida counties, among others.

Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone. The air quality index...or AQI...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern.

NYSDEC

What is an Air Quality Alert?

According to the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, when pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider "limiting strenuous outdoor activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects."

This means anyone with anyone with respiratory problems or heart disease should be cautious when being outdoors today.

It's supposed to be HOT today and tomorrow so try to stay cool. Here's a look at the weekend forecast:

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday
A chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

Remember these tips if you need to be outside.

  • Fill up on water regularly to remain hydrated.
  • Never leave a pet or child in a vehicle on a hot day; as the temperature can reach over 100 degrees in minutes.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise on super hot days. Early morning and late evening are typically the coolest times to work out.

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