A surge in temperatures will see near 90-degree heat in the area Wednesday and Thursday, and with, elevated pollution levels.
An Air Quality Alert has been issued for the southern portion of the Hudson Valley -- Westchester and Rockland counties -- from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The alert does not include Putnam or Dutchess at this time.
Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for ozone, the weather service said.
When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.
People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease.
Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician, the health department added.
Wednesday will feature plenty of sun, and a high in the mid- to upper-80s.
That hot air continues Thursday with the potential for a high temperature of 90 degrees in some spots with a mix of sun and clouds and a chance of a shower.
Friday will again be warm and sunny with a high in the mid-80s.
Temps will drop to a high in the low-70s Saturday and mid-60s Sunday.
The summerlike pattern in store for much of this week will not mark a long-lasting end to cool conditions for the month, according to AccuWeather.