- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine environmental officials are warning about unhealthy levels of ozone in the air this week.

The state Department of Environmental Services says ozone levels will be rising in Maine on Monday due to emissions from states to the southeast, reaching unhealthy levels in the southwest coastal region of the state. By Tuesday, unhealthy levels are expected for the southwest coast, mid-coast and high elevations of Acadia National Park.

Under those conditions, children, health adults who exert themselves and individuals with respiratory diseases can experience shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation or an uncomfortable sensation in the chest. Officials recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activity during the afternoon.

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