Ozone health watch issued Monday for metro Phoenix

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an ozone health watch for metropolitan Phoenix on Monday.

Ozone is an invisible gas created when other pollutants in the air -- such as those created by combustion-- are heated by the sun.  

Experts say ozone can irritate the lungs and aggravate existing health conditions such as asthma.

A health watch is issued when ozone levels are expected to approach federal health standards.

Officials say people who are unusually sensitive to air quality should consider limiting their time outdoors.

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