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Air quality warning near me: The National Weather Service issued a warning for Chicago due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires

By ABC7 Chicago Digital Team

Monday, July 24 2023 22:48

Central US will experience extreme heat this week

CHICAGO (WLS) — The National Weather Service initiated an air quality alert for the greater Chicago Metropolitan Area Monday afternoon.

The area experienced foggy conditions due to smoke falling from the Canadian wildfires, causing lower air quality in Chicago.

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Air quality is expected to be at or above the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category through midnight Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

This air quality condition has also caused the National Weather Service to issue an Air Pollution Action Day. People of all ages should limit outdoor activity, especially those with lung or respiratory ailments.

The National Weather Service recommends that residents reduce their pollution levels, which contribute to air quality.

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The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications is warning residents to prepare for another weather problem this weekend: extreme heat.

The temperature is expected to reach 90 degrees.

The city of Chicago has several cooling areas for residents during the sweltering heat. The Chicago Public Library and Chicago Park District field houses will also have air conditioning.

Cooling area location:

Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th St., open 9am to 5pm

Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave., open all day

King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove, open 9am to 5pm

North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave., open 9am to 5pm

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