Air district declares 3rd consecutive 'Spare the Air' day as temperature soars

Temperature could reach 99 today before falling back into mid- 90s Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a third consecutive Spare the Air day today due to anticipated unhealthy levels of ozone.

A Spare the Air day means drivers should carpool with friends or co-workers, or telecommute if possible. Drivers are also asked to link necessary trips and postpone errands.

High levels of ozone can cause throat and lung irritation, or trigger asthma, and can be especially harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions, according to the Air District.

Ozone is formed at ground level when compounds from car exhaust, industrial emissions and household chemicals combine with oxygen on hot and sunny days.

Today will be the 13th Spare the Air day declared by the Air District this summer.

A heat advisory remains in effect through 11 p.m. tonight for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley, where the temperature ios expected to reach 99 degrees by 3 p.m. today. Variable winds of

5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Tonight the Tri-Valley is expected to be mostly clear with patchy clouds developing after midnight. Low temperatures in the 50s and variable winds of 5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Wednesday the Tri-Valley is expected to be mostly sunny with some areas of patchy fog in the morning. High temperatures in the mid 90s and variable winds of 5 to 10 mph are anticipated.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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Posted by S
a resident of Val Vista
on Sep 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Why do children have soccer practice on spare the air days? Is it that important that children who are 5 through 12 run around in this 100 degree heat? Not like they are practicing for the olympics!!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Stoneridge
on Sep 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I completely agree with you. What I find even worse is that my child goes to a local school that does not have a gym, and they are required to do PE outdoors in 100 plus degree weather and poor air quality. Many children have asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems that are made worse by this situation. I think our politicians need to look at making a change in the PE Standards our schools seem so concerned about meeting every day. Why ignore your health by being so physically active, when it's not healthy on a Spare the Air Day. No one should be running on a day like today, even my child's pediatrician agrees.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Speak to your coach. My daughters practice was canceled- soccer is optional and if your coach won't cancel, keep you child home- easy!

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Posted by a parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

I totally agree!!! Everytime I see these kids out running around in this heat I just can't believe it!! Also, at school they should'nt have P.E. outside when it is so hot, especially on the blacktop where it is several degrees hotter! Another thing that gets me upset is the people sitting in their cars waiting for their kids to get out of school with the engine running!! Don't they realize they are wasting gas and making the air quality worse?

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