Unhealthy air quality predicted as heat hits Connecticut

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning sensitive groups of a prolonged period of unhealthy air.

The department says there will be elevated levels of ozone across the state beginning Saturday and continuing through at least Monday. Computer models predict the trend could last into the middle of next week. Connecticut is poised to experience its first big heat wave of the summer season.

Officials say children and people with asthma will be at the most risk for experiencing symptoms on Saturday. Meanwhile, everyone, including healthy adults, will be at the most risk for health issues on Sunday and Monday. That’s when ozone levels could potentially reach unhealthy levels due to the extreme heat.

Peak ozone levels are predicted to occur each day between noon and 8 p.m.