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Bruce: Air Quality Alert extended, Summer pattern sticking around

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The summer pattern we are in will stick around into your Mother's Day weekend.

We will see a few subtle changes over the next few days. Moisture is slowly increasing across the area and that will bring at least some afternoon clouds to the area on Thursday and Friday. One or two stray showers or a storm could pop up but it will basically be dry.

Gulf moisture will deepen on Saturday increasing the chance for some spotty showers and storms. A couple of storms are possible on Sunday as well.

Next week will be hot with highs again flirting with 90 degrees. A stray storm or two can't be ruled out as this early summer pattern takes hold.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Alert Thursday for New Orleans and surrounding parishes.

Air Quality Alerts are issued when the atmosphere is hot and humid and ozone emissions do not dissipate. 

The alert will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It can be unhealthy for active children and adults, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to spend long periods of time outside. 

If you have breathing difficulties - it is best to stay indoors when levels are high. 

You can help the air quality by making sure your gas cap is tight and by waiting until after six p-m to refuel your car or mow your lawn. 

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