Air quality alert, more rain possible Thursday in Oklahoma

Another chance of rain is ahead Thursday in Oklahoma.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 4, 2011

Another chance of rain is ahead Thursday in Oklahoma.

A day after thunderstorms in Oklahoma City, there is a 20 percent chance for more relief from the drought Thursday.

Despite the rain, an air quality alert has been issued by the state Department of Environmental Quality Thursday.

Due to high levels of ozone, people with respiratory problems should stay indoors or avoid heavy outdoor exertion. People are asked to carpool and avoid mowing yards. They are also urged to avoid refueling during the morning and early afternoon hours.

The rain won't do much to cool the air. The high temperature Thursday will be 108 in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports.

The forecast is as follows:

Thursday: Isolated thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny and hot with a high near 108. North wind between 3 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 83. Southwest wind between 3 and 8 mph with gusts as high as 21 mph.

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