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Tri-State To Celebrate With Mild New Year’s Weather

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 Weather

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 Weather (Credit: Accuweather)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tri-State residents have much to celebrate this New Year’s Eve and Day as temperatures will be quite mild with a high of 45 degrees.

Around midnight, the temperatures will only drop to about 40 degrees as the Tri-State rings in the New Year.

After the clock strikes 12, temperatures should only drop to a low of about 36 degrees–certainly better than 2009’s 33 degree-night with snow flurries and 2008’s 18 degree-ball drop.

Aside from temperatures, clear skies are expected to be clear through most of the day and clouds will move through the area in the afternoon and evening.

The Air Quality Alert, issued by the National Weather Serivce, is still in effect through the day.

…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 12 AM FRIDAY TO 12 AM SATURDAY…

THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR ALL OF NEW YORK CITY…ALL OF LONG ISLAND…AND WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES.

AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR FINE PARTICLES. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX…OR AQI…WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE…THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.

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.

A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS…1 800 5 3 5…1 3 4 5.