The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an ozone action day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Thursday, September 9.
The agency predicts that conditions through the day will likely produce high levels of ozone air pollution, or smog, through the region that can be dangerous for people with chronic conditions, and can cause acute breathing problems when people inhale high concentrations of it over several hours.
“Light to moderate winds, hot temperatures, abundant afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the upper end of the ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ range on the South side of the Houston area and the lower end of the ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’ range on the South side as well of the Beaumont-Port Arthur area…,” the agency wrote in its forecast for Thursday.
Parts of the state, including Southeast Texas, could also be impacted by smoke from across the West as it continues to spread south.
After the unhealthy air condition rating on Thursday, ozone levels will be moderate for the rest of the week.
Written by Jacob Dick