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Code RED Air Quality Action Day issued for midnight tonight through midnight Wednesday

Last Updated on June 6, 2023 4:19 pm

A Code RED Air Quality Action Day is being issued for portions of the northern Coastal Plain, Piedmont (including the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte metro areas), and northern Mountain regions effective midnight tonight (6/6/23) through midnight tomorrow (6/7/23) by the North Carolina Air Quality Forecast Center.

This means air quality is unhealthy for everyone. A Code ORANGE Air Quality Action Day is being issued for the remainder of the state effective midnight tonight (6/6/23) through midnight tomorrow (6/7/23); this means air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

According to a NCAQF update on Tuesday afternoon, “Smoke from Canadian wildfires already entrenched over North Carolina will continue to be an issue due to the meteorological setup. The main plume of enhanced fine particulate values will continue to drift southeastward across the state and mix down to the surface. Although the overhead plume appears to begin dissipating over the northern portion of the state throughout the day, cloud cover that will develop over this same region will likely trap the elevated PM values already at the surface by reducing mixing. We anticipate that any precipitation over the northern counties will be relatively light and even possibly enhance surface particulate matter values by pushing smoke down to lower levels.”

Visit the NCAQF website for the latest information at https://airquality.climate.ncsu.edu/.

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