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Spare the Air Alert Extended Through Saturday

NBC Bay Area logo NBC Bay Area 6/19/2021 Bay City News
a view of a city: OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 27: A view of downtown Oakland and San Francisco are seen from Skyline Boulevard as clouds hang over after a rain and wind storm in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images) © MediaNews Group via Getty Images

OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 27: A view of downtown Oakland and San Francisco are seen from Skyline Boulevard as clouds hang over after a rain and wind storm in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images)

With triple-digit temperatures forecast through much of the region, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday extended a Spare the Air alert through Saturday because of excessive levels of smog expected.

The air district issues a Spare the Air day when weather conditions, like Thursday's forecast of light winds and unusually hot temperatures, will combine with vehicle exhaust to make an excessive amount of smog. Friday's forecast will be much of the same.

Friday's Spare the Air alert will be the third of the season. On Spare the Air days, drivers are encouraged to find alternatives to driving alone to work or other destinations to limit the number of vehicles on the road.

Young children, seniors and people with respiratory and heart conditions should also avoid prolonged exposure to smog, and outdoor exercise should only take place in the early morning when concentrations are lower, air district officials said.

Stay updated on Spare the Air alerts and air quality in general, visit the air quality district's website.

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