Bad ozone alert

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Harmful ground-level ozone is caused by car exhaust fumes and other industrial pollutants reacting with sunlight

By Richard Torné

Soaring high temperatures have caused a significant rise in harmful ozone levels across the country and key areas of Almería.

The current heatwave has contributed to an increase in harmful ground-level ozone (O3) in many parts of the province. The Junta de Andalucía’s daily air quality reports show that Bédar and Níjar, where measuring stations are located, were particularly affected, with high O3 levels reported every day between June 12-20.

Ground-level or tropospheric ozone is a greenhouse gas that can cause eye irritations and respiratory and cardiovascular disorders. Levels of O3 rise during extreme weather conditions such as a heatwave.

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