North Fork is not as hot, but still be careful

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07/23/2011 2:07 PM |

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | 2-year-old Sophie Cancedda of Brooklyn cools off in the bay at Founders Landing in Southold.

Still hot? You bet, but not as much.

Temperatures won’t make triple digits Saturday, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Suffolk County until 11 p.m. The concern is high levels of ozone.

Sunlight and high temperatures create ozone which, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  can cause many health problems such as chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can also worsen bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

The state health department recommends limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity.

Updated information is available by calling the DEC’s air quality hotline at 1-800-535-1345.