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Unhealthy Air Blankets the Region

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MODESTO – Unhealthy air warnings were issued for the region Thursday as smoke from area wildfires blanketed the valley.

As of 2:00pm, the air quality was considered very unhealthy with fine particulate matter polluting the area. The particulate matter (pm2.5) refers to tiny particles or droplets in the air that measure two and a half microns or less in width. The particles are so small that they measure about thirty times smaller than a human hair.

The particulate matter is able to travel deeply into a respiratory tract, potentially reaching the lungs. Exposure could cause short term health effects like irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Coughing, sneezing, running nose and shortness of breath are all symptoms of exposure. Exposure can also worsen issues like asthma and heart disease.

Officials recommend avoiding outdoor activity, especially those with heart and lung disease, older adults, children and teens. Physical activities like exercise should be considered to move indoors or rescheduling for another time.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Stockton Area Sees Record Temperature Day

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STOCKTON – Some might have seen January 17th as a beautiful day in some parts of the valley and one city broke a previous record.

The US National Weather Service Sacramento reported Stockton broke its previous record with 72 degrees for the 17th.

The previous record for January 17th was back in 2009 with a temperature of 68 degrees, according to NWSS.

Two other cities in the region also broke records. Red Bluff reached 79 degrees with its previous record being 76 degrees in 1994. Downtown Sacramento reached a high of 72 degrees. Its highest being 70 degrees in 2009.

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Air Quality Beyond Index For Modesto

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MODESTO – Due to wildfires in the area such as the SCU Lightning Complex and now the Creek Fire in Fresno County, air quality continues to remain poor.

The California Air Resources Board states the current air quality is beyond index meaning the air quality is so poor that it is beyond the scale to measure.

The C.A.R.B states that pollution is hazardous at these levels and everyone should avoid or reduce exposure by staying indoors with filtered air. They say reducing activity levels is one of the best ways to lower the amount of particle pollution you breathe into your lungs. 

Symptoms of exposure to particle pollution include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.

If you experience symptoms it is recommended to contact your doctor.

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Record High Temperature Records Tied and Broken

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CENTRAL VALLEY – Today 99% of California’s population was under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory according to the National Weather Service.

Despite smoky air due to wildfires nearby, two cities in the region tied and broke high temperature records.

The city of Stockton broke its previous record for the day of 105 degrees set in 1977. The new record for September 6th is now 110 degrees.

The city of Modesto tied its monthly record high and broke its high temperature record for the day. Modesto last saw 106 degrees in 1977 for the day of September 6th.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for the area starting 10 pm Monday continuing until 8 am Wednesday.

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