Are you starting to wheeze yet?
Wheezing and coughing could be signs that ozone season is here again.
According to the Mid-America Regional Council, with warmer temperatures and sun come higher levels of ozone pollution.
Ozone pollution may cause wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing, even in healthy adults, and it can be especially harmful to children, senior citizens or those who have breathing or heart problems, MARC stated.
MARC issued its first SkyCast on Sunday. The SkyCast for Tuesday, Election Day, is green, according to MARC. That means healthy air, when low concentrations of ozone pollution are expected.
Other SkyCast levels are yellow, for moderate ozone pollution with some increased health risk; orange and red, for ozone alert days with unhealthy concentrations of ozone pollution.
Last year, a hot, dry summer in the Kansas City area resulted in 23 ozone alerts.
To find out the SkyCast each day, visit MARC’s website at www.marc.org/airQ ; call the air quality information line at 913-383-7557; follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/airQKC; or sign up for email alerts at http://greaterkc.enviroflash.info/signup.cfm.