A windblown dust advisory is in effect through 5 a.m. Wednesday in the San Gorgonio Pass area near Banning and the eastern Coachella Valley due to strong wind gusts.

The National Weather Service is forecasting westerly gusts up to 60 mph in the mountains and deserts, triggering the dust advisory that went into effect at 3 Tuesday afternoon.

High winds could kick up dust and create unhealthy air conditions, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The San Bernardino Mountains near the 2020 wildfire burn scars may also experience blowing ash, SCAQMD officials warned.

Residents in wind-impacted areas are encouraged to limit exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, and to avoid vigorous physical activity.

The NWS said blowing dust and sand in the deserts may also greatly reduce visibility.

Residents can check their air quality in real time by downloading the South Coast AQMD app — www.aqmd.gov/mobileapp — available in English and Spanish, or by viewing the AQI map found at the bottom of the www.AQMD.gov homepage.

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