Ozone pollution alert: air quality deemed poor in Aveyron and Occitanie

Since Friday June 17, the air quality in Aveyron and 10 other departments of Occitania has been considered to be poor. The episode of pollution will continue at least all day Monday.

The air quality is deemed “poor” this Sunday, June 19 in 11 departments of Occitania: Aveyron, Lozère, Lot, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Gard, Hérault, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientales, Gers and Hautes-Pyrénées.

The heat wave is the main cause: “sunshine and the temperatures granted to the formation of ozone in the atmosphere”, writes the agency responsible for controlling air quality, Atmo Occitanie. Monday, June 20, Internet users will not be better: “ozone concentrations will remain high and the air quality index should remain degraded to bad in the region”.

A situation that should improve slightly in the days that follow “due to more dispersive weather conditions. It is therefore not expected that pollution episodes will persist”.

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What the most vulnerable people should avoid

In this episode of pollution, it is recommended that vulnerable people protect themselves: those whose bronchi are more fragile (infants, young children, pregnant women), the irritated (smokers, asthmatics), whose respiratory capacity decreases (people aged over 65) or who suffer from cardiovascular pathologies or cardiac or respiratory insufficiency.

During pollution peaks, the symptoms of sensitive people can be amplified (diabetics, immunocompromised, neurological conditions, at risk of heart, respiratory, infectious, etc.)

This is why it is recommended that the entire population reduce their intense physical and sporting activities as long as the air quality is poor. And here are the good gestures in addition for the most vulnerable:

  • avoid intense physical and sports activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • postpone the activities that require the most effort
  • avoid traveling on and around major highways during peak periods
  • take advice from your doctor
  • favor short outings that require the least effort

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