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Smog advisory issued for the GTA

TORONTO, Ont. – A smog advisory has been issued for Toronto and the GTA, as well as most of southern and central Ontario from Windsor to Kingston

The air quality index is expected to exceed the poor threshold of 50 due to ground level ozone and fine particulate matter.

The public is being encouraged to take public transit or car pool in, what they are calling a “spare the air” day which occurs during a day of elevated pollution.

They are encouraging people to avoid unnecessary car trips and reminding the public that gas powered engines such as power boats, gas lawn mowers and chain saws also contribute to the problem.

Heavy outdoor activities may cause respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.  People with heart or lung disease including asthma may experience a worsening of their condition.

Higher pollution levels are expected to improve for Sunday following the passage of a weak cold front.

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