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Air quality alert issued in central Oklahoma for Thursday

High temperatures and humidity will linger across Oklahoma Thursday. An air quality alert has been issued for Thursday for the Oklahoma City area.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 24, 2014

An air quality alert has been issued for the Oklahoma City area in central Oklahoma Thursday, the National Weather Service reports.

A heat advisory is in effect for most of central, southern and western Oklahoma through 7 p.m. Friday. An excessive heat watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening for the Bartlesville area.

People are advised to take precautions when working or playing outdoors.

The air quality alert is in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Logan and McClain counties. People are urged to limit physical exertion outside and reduce time driving vehicles and using gasoline-powered lawn equipment.

The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows:

Thursday: Sunny with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 99. East, southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low around 77. South, southeast wind 8 to 10 mph.

Friday: Sunny and hot with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 102. South wind 9 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.

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