Bad air combines with triple digit heat in Taft area

Smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County is making extremely hot summer weather even worse.

As the heat wave deepens at week's end, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued an air alert for smoke and particulate matter in the air through Friday evening at least, for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley.

The smoke particles can cause serious health problems on its own and aggravate pre-existing conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and increase the risk of lung infections.

Children and older adults are advised to avoid prolonged exposure to the bad air and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

The air alert comes as the Valley and most of California are sweltering under a heat wave that is bringing the hottest weather of the summer so far to the region with highs climbing to near 110 in the Valley and overnight lows dropping only into the lower 80s.

The heat is expected to ease just slightly over the weekend but continued triple digit heat is forecast.