Smog levels spike in Southern California; advisory issued

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Hot weather combined with wildfire smoke and stagnant air is pushing smog to unhealthy levels across Southern California.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued an ozone advisory that extends from 11 a.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Tuesday 

The agency’s map showed smog readings in the red, or “unhealthy” range, in areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties Friday afternoon. Other parts of the Southland saw levels in the “moderate” range and “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” (See health recommendations for each level)

A map showing air pollution levels in Southern California at 4 p.m. on June 21, 2024. (South Coast AQMD)

Residents are urged to limit outdoor activity, especially in the afternoon when smog levels typically spike.

South Coast AQMD also recommends residents limit their use of gasoline-powered lawnmowers and gardening equipment until the evening hours, set thermostats at a higher temperature, try to delay trips to the gas station and limit the use of household chemicals until the evening.

The inland valleys and deserts of Southern California can expect daytime high temperatures in the 90s and low triple digits this weekend.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.