- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting unhealthy air quality levels statewide this week.

The agency says temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s with favorable conditions for ozone formation beginning Wednesday afternoon and possibly lasting into Thursday.

The agency says the unhealthy air will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog, formed by the reaction of automobile and industrial pollution in heat and sunlight.

The agency previously issued an alert in June and several in May.

People are urged to limit driving and use of lawn mowers, small engines and charcoal lighter fuels.

Health officials recommend limiting outdoor exercise and strenuous activity.

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