Air Quality Alert – Hazy Skies Return to the Carolinas
Air Quality Alert Issued for High Levels of Ground Ozone
A hot and dry ridge of high pressure is dominating much of the United States leaving millions of Americans under heat alerts through the second half of the week. High pressures have a clockwise rotation which will allow the smoke from the western wildfires to travel east into the Carolinas once again.
Moderate levels of smoke will bring hazy skies back to the forecast through the end of the week and into the weekend.
While most of this smoke is in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, fine particles closer to the surface will lower air quality through the end of the week and into the weekend.
An Air Quality Alert has been issued for Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties on Thursday for high levels of ground ozone.
Air Quality Concerns – Those that are sensitive, the elderly and children should limit their time outside. Keeping the windows and doors closed will limit exposure to smoke. Make sure to check your air filters and change them regularly.