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Poor Air Quality Warning issued for SE Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued an air quality advisory for ozone, effective Wednesday from noon to 11 p.m.

The Poor Air Quality Advisory applies to residents of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Sheboygan counties.

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“Due to weather conditions favoring ozone production, the Air Quality Index is expected to reach the ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ level,” the National Weather Service said.

People with lung diseases such as asthma, children, the elderly, and people who are active outdoors (including those who work outdoors) should avoid prolonged or strenuous exercise outdoors.

Air quality is expected to rise again to the “yellow” level on Thursday and to the “green” level on Friday.

More information can be found on the Federal Air Quality Monitor website.

Meanwhile, scattered showers will continue to occur across the region through Thursday.

Here’s the specific NWS forecast from the Milwaukee airport:

Wednesday: 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday evening: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 4 a.m., then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. The probability of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts will range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch, with heavier amounts possible during thunderstorms.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high around 83. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 61. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high around 82. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday night: 20 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Possible showers, thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The probability of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday night: A chance of showers and a possible storm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The probability of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high around 88. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday night: 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Monday night: 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high around 84. South wind 10 to 15 mph.