IMPERIAL COUNTY -- The Imperial County Air Pollution Control District on Monday issued a windblown dust advisory for the county, and in particular for Brawley and Westmorland.

A low-pressure system is expected to move across Southern California on Monday bringing cooling, scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms, a ICAPCD press release stated.

Winds will become strong along the desert mountain slopes to portions of the deserts. West winds will strengthen this afternoon early this evening with gusts along the desert slopes and into parts of the deserts (windiest lower deserts) of 40-50 mph.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency AirNow program recommends the following for those in areas experiencing high levels of particulate matter 10 (PM10):

Sensitive groups: Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It is OK to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy.

If you have heart disease: Symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. If you have any of these, contact your health care provider.

In areas directly impacted by windblown dust: People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

The ICAPCD also recommends for residents to Visit and/or download the Imperial Valley Air mobile phone app to stay up to date for any changes in dust or weather conditions.

The ICAPCD will continue to monitor windblown dust impacts and issue additional advisories as conditions warrant.

The Imperial County Air Pollution Control District is the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the Imperial County. For more information, contact the ICAPCD at (442) 265-1800 or visit

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