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Published on June 12, 2024
Ozone Action Day Declared in Dallas-Fort Worth Amid Heat Wave and Scattered StormsSource: US National Weather Service - Fort Worth Texas

Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area should brace for potentially unhealthy air quality levels, as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has declared an Ozone Action Day for Wednesday, June 12. According to the alert, atmospheric conditions are likely to engender high levels of ozone pollution. Residents can contribute to mitigating the ozone levels by carpooling, cycling, and minimizing energy consumption, "keeping your vehicle properly tuned," as per the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Simultaneously, the weather forecast for the region, sourced from the National Weather Service, indicates a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly south of I-20, with "mostly sunny" skies and a high near 90 degrees expected for Dallas on Wednesday, these weather perturbations are not anticipated to interfere significantly with the ozone levels, yet residents should be prepared for the dual impact of heat and compromised air quality.

The National Weather Service also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook alerting of scattered showers and thunderstorms today mainly affecting areas south of Interstate 20 extending into Central Texas, where lightning and heavy rainfall pose concerns. At the same time, the remainder of the week is set to be sunny with climbing temperatures leading to heat index values as high, in some instances, as 100 degrees.

Further into the week, "mostly clear" conditions with lows in the low 70s at night and highs nearing 95 degrees during the day are anticipated; likewise, the possibility of sea breeze thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday may present another weather consideration for residents, particularly those towards Centerville and Palestine, though "spotter activation is not expected at this time," signaling a baseline environmental threat level that is manageable for the community, as per the Hazardous Weather Outlook.

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