Code Orange air quality alert for metro Atlanta region

An alert triangle with "Code Orange Air Quaility Alert" printed on it

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division relayed a Cobb Orange air quality alert to the National Weather Service warning of unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

What is in the warning?

The statement gives the following information:


Wednesday April 19…

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental

Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (Unhealthy for

sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Atlanta for

Wednesday April 19.

Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air quality is likely to


unhealthy for some people.  Children, people who are sensitive to

ozone, and people with heart or lung disease should limit

prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early

evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

For additional information on the Air Quality Index, please visit

About the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The NWS describes its role as follows:

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.

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