Pinpoint Weather: Air quality deteriorates with the smoke, haze and heat

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The smoke being transported into the region from the Pacific Northwest and Central Canada is now considered unhealthy according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 

“Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this Air Quality Range, older adults and children are at a higher risk from the presence of particles in the air” according to the VDEQ.   There is an alert in place until 9 pm tonight due to the smoke from the wildfires out west.

The forecast is calling for the pattern to remain the same for today but as we move toward the weekend slightly milder air is expected to arrive behind a cold front. There is very little moisture to work with so the region has a low chance for showers or storms to make it this far south, although there may be a few pockets of rain north of 64 when the front arrives. 

Thursday will be quiet as high pressure along the surface sets up for a few days. This may trap some of the particles of smoke et.al. under the dome of air, so we will have to watch for any more air quality alerts over the next few days. The upper-level winds responsible for the transportation of the smoke don’t seem to be changing or varying much so this smoke and haze may continue into the weekend.  Please be aware of some of your elderly neighbors as they may be experiencing some difficulty in this poor air quality.

Friday will be a bit cooler as a few more clouds arrive. There is not much of a chance for rain so the hope of scouring out rain events is not likely.

Saturday and Sunday will see a better chance for some scattered showers, but nothing widespread like last weekend is showing up in any of the forecast models yet. Temperatures are expected to rise back into the 90s this weekend and remain above that mark into next week.

Stay safe everyone.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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