Weather alerts: Air quality, rip current

Edgartown officials have also issued a high surf advisory for South Beach and Norton Point. —MV Times

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an air-quality advisory Dukes County on Friday. 

DEP says ozone levels are likely to enter into the range of being unhealthy for sensitive groups, which include children and older adults, and people with heart or lung disease.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a high rip-current advisory for Friday as well.

High rip currents are capable of sweeping even the best swimmers away from shore into deeper waters.

The NWS recommended taking precautionary measures to avoid an emergency in the water:

  • Swim near a lifeguard. 
  • If caught in a rip current, relax and float. 
  • Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. 
  • If unable to escape, face the shore, and call or wave for help.