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Air pollution advisories in Phoenix are common during the 'ozone season'

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued another ozone air pollution advisory for Phoenix. There is some correlation between higher temperatures and increased ozone, but it’s not direct.

Matt Pace is a meteorologist with ADEQ. He says if there’s not enough wind, the heat plus sitting high air pressure will result in high pollution levels. 

“Those people who are impacted by Ozone, they should reduce their time outdoors especially during the afternoon hours when you typically see the highest levels of Ozone," Pace said.

Pace also says “ozone season,” as it’s known, lasts through September.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.