Officials warned Friday that elevated particle levels caused by high winds may reduce air quality, especially in the Santa Maria area.
High winds during the week resulted in particulate levels at both the Santa Maria and Lompoc monitoring stations to exceed state standards, according to officials.
The National Weather Service forecast for the South Coast calls for north winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts up 25 mph through Sunday.
Everyone, but especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults and children, are advised to limit time outdoors and to avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air.
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