BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert on Tuesday for the Baltimore metro area.

Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram reports there is a stagnant air mass in place thanks to plentiful sunshine, calm to light winds and higher dewpoints.

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This will allow pollutants to build in the atmosphere throughout the day Tuesday.

A front will move through Wednesday, and that will bring in cleaner, drier and omewhat cooler air through the end of the week.

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A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Those groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly.

The effects of air pollution can be limited by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

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