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Forecasters predict poor air conditions across NC

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- State officials say it will be an unpleasant weekend to be outdoors across much of North Carolina during the weekend.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources says Code Orange conditions are likely for most of the state's metropolitan areas as well as high elevations. That means that air quality is likely to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. People who are sensitive to air pollution should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

On Saturday, ozone levels in the Charlotte, Fayetteville, Hickory, Rocky Mount, Triad and Triangle metropolitan areas and the ridge top elevations in the Asheville area are expected to exceed federal standards. Code Orange conditions are also expected to continue on Sunday for the Charlotte, Triad and Triangle areas, as well as the ridge top elevations in the Asheville area.

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