Smog alert issued for Macon tomorrow

Macon will be under a smog alert Thursday.

The code orange alert means the air quality will not be good for people who have breathing and heart problems.

Children, people who are sensitive to ozone, and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s today and the rest of the week, with heat index values as high as 100.

People are advised to drink plenty of water and to give their pets fresh drinking water.

The consensus ozone forecast for today, June 5, is:

Ozone: 76 ppbv, averaged over 8 hours

Based on this, the forecasted Air Quality Index is

AQI: 101 or UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS (Code Orange for Ozone).