Air quality alert issued for parts of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Environmental officials have issued an alert for poor air quality in parts of South Carolina.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control posted the Code Orange alert for Columbia and surrounding counties and for the counties along Interstate 77 for Wednesday.

The alert warns of unhealthy levels of ozone, made worse by hot, stagnant conditions. The high in Columbia is forecast to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

Health officials say ozone is most dangerous to people with lung disease, young children or older adults. The air quality will be the worst in the afternoon and early evening.

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