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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is forecasting a Code Orange air-quality day for ozone on Thursday, according to a release from the department.

The state DEP said strong sunshine, light winds and temperatures near the 90s are expected to cause the ozone levels to rise into the Code Orange level.

On Code Orange days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.

The elevated ozone levels are expected to only last one day.

The alert will be in affect for the Susquehanna Valley, which also includes Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Cumberland counties.

State DEP press secretary Neal Shader said last month that Code Orange alert days are more common in the summer, when the weather is warmer.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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