The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reporting elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution on Friday and Saturday in Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford and Tolland Counties, as well as southern Litchfield County, according to Fox News.
A combination of hot, humid air and surface winds over the area will elevate ozone levels and can aggravate respiratory conditions, such as asthma, in children and adults engaging in outdoor activity. Connecticut experienced 14 unhealthy air quality days in 2011.
ranked Fairfield County as the 24th most polluted county in the country. The report gave the county an "F" for ozone pollution and a "C" in particle pollution based on Environmental Protection Agency data collected between 2008 and 2010.
New Haven County received an "F" and a "D" in ozone and particle pollution, respectively, although it did have fewer poor air quality days than Fairfield County.