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Unhealthy air expected in Charlotte on Thursday afternoon

The N.C. Division of Air Quality expects high ozone levels in the Charlotte area on Thursday. N.C. Division of Air Quality The N.C. Division of Air Quality expects high ozone levels in the Charlotte area on Thursday. N.C. Division of Air Quality
CHARLOTTE, NC (Bruce Henderson/The Charlotte Observer) -

State forecasters expect potentially unhealthy levels of air pollution in the Charlotte area on Thursday.

The Code Orange alert is for ozone, a transparent gas that can worsen asthma and other breathing conditions. Children, seniors and people who are active outdoors are also at risk.

Those people should limit their physical exertion outdoors Thursday afternoon, when ozone levels are expected to be highest. 

Ozone forms on hot, stagnant days from emissions that come from motor vehicles, power plants and industries.

The forecast predicts that ozone levels in Charlotte and the Greensboro area will exceed the federal standard of 70 parts per billion averaged over eight hours.

The Division of Air Quality issues daily air forecasts for the Asheville, Charlotte, Hickory, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount and Triangle metropolitan areas.

Click HERE to view the latest Charlotte-area forecast.

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