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The combination of the stifling summer heatwave, light winds and elevated ozone concentrations has led the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to issue a Air Quality Health Advisory for the cities of Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City.
"Cloudless skies and excessive heat are conducive to the formation of ozone," said Rick Brunetti, KDHE Bureau of Air Director. "Coupled with light winds, elevated concentrations of ozone are possible."
The KDHE recommends the elderly, young children and the those with underlying lung conditions limit the time they are outdoors to the early morning and evening hours. Elevated levels of ozone can cause coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath and can increase the risk of obtaining a respiratory infection.
Motorists are also encouraged to drive as little as possible, reduce idling and avoid known traffic bottlenecks and try to refuel vehicles in the evening.
(Matthew Harding, KFDI News)