The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Red air quality alert for the Baltimore metro area, which includes Howard County.
According to the National Weather Service, a Code Red air quality alert means air pollution concentrations make being outside unhealthy for the general population.
Residents are encouraged to avoid strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.
The air quality alert in effect Monday includes Howard, Carroll, Hartford, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.
It’s also hot today, with temperatures reaching a high of 94 degrees.