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Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

South Bay expected to see buildup of smog

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

It is the second straight day the alert has been issued and ninth time overall this summer season, according to the air district.

A persistent high-pressure system over the Bay Area will lead to triple-digit temperatures and light winds in many areas, causing an unhealthy buildup of smog particularly in the East Bay and South Bay.

Excessive amounts of smog, or ozone, can cause throat irritation, congestion and other medical problems, particularly for seniors, children and those with respiratory and heart conditions, according to the air district.

The district is encouraging Bay Area residents to do their part by finding alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling or taking public transit.

To find out when a Spare the Air alert has been issued, people can sign up for email alerts at sparetheair.org; call 800-HELP-AIR (4357-247); download the Spare the Air smartphone app for iPhone or Android devices; or connect with Spare the Air on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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