Air quality alert issued for Michigan

The Detroit News
Nick Myer of Clinton Township drives his lawnmower blindfolded.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has declared the remainder of the Memorial Day weekend Ozone Action days as hot, humid weather is expected to lead to elevated levels of ozone across the state. 

Pollutants are expected to be in the unhealthy range for Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kent, Mason, Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa and Van Buren counties Sunday and Monday. 

That region expands on Monday to include Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair, Lenawee and Monroe counties.

Temperatures in Metro Detroit are expected to get up to 90 degrees Sunday and with little wind, the muggy air mass is likely to worsen conditions for ozone.

 People and businesses in these areas are encouraged to avoid refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, using gas-powered lawn equipment and using charcoal lighter fluid, as these activities can lead to elevated levels of ozone. 

On the other hand, the Michigan DEQ encourages people to car pool, bike instead of drive, delay or combine errands and to use water-based paints. 

Children and adults engaged in outdoor activities and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma should limit their time outside.

According to the National Weather Service, warm and humid conditions Sunday evening will lead to another round of near record high temperatures for Memorial Day. It should reach at least the lower 90s.