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Code Orange: Air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With the mercury rising pretty high air quality will be pretty bad again Wednesday. We are under a Code Orange for the second day in a row.

Breathing outside Wednesday could be worse than it was Tuesday. If you need to get that daily jog in, or play that tennis match, you might want to do it very early in the day.

We haven't seen two Code Oranges in a row since 2008.

The heat from the sun, along with pollution near the ground, like exhaust from your car is leaving haze in the air. 

Code orange, technically speaking, means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups. That includes the elderly, the young, and those with heart and respiratory problems. The people who really need to take it easy today are those with asthma.

You can expect the conditions to be the worst between 2 pm and 8 pm.

We could reach the code red level, which means the air is unhealthy for everyone, even those without any health problems, but that depends on how bad the conditions get later in the day.

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