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Dusty air prompts health watch for Thursday

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:17 pm | Updated: 2:38 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

A health watch has been issued for Thursday because of dust particles in the air.

The Maricopa County Department of Air Quality issued the health watch because two Valley monitors exceeded the “particulate matter 10” standards this week. Particulate matter 10 refers to tiny particles in the air that can aggravate the lungs, especially existing health conditions such as asthma.

With a large trough of low pressure from the Gulf of Alaska moving through the U.S. Thursday, winds will increase, setting the stage for potential blowing dust.

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