PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —Jupiter has once again placed our region under an Air Quality Alert.
The entire state of Pennsylvania was one underAnd Philadelphia rose to an air quality index in that range. In Delaware, the entire state’s coat was red, while New Jersey’s coat was orange.
The smoke should clear as sea breezes move inland and blow southerly this evening. Friday should also be dry, but with a high humidity in the 80s.
But the further west you go, the smokier it gets. New Jersey and southern Delaware are less common than our northern and western suburbs.
If you must go outside, officials recommend checking Airnow.gov for the latest air quality reports near you.
At the 30th Street station Thursday morning, we spoke to a masked passenger.
“I have asthma and I’m short of breath today,” he said. “I have a mask so I can protect myself and feel a little better.”
This round of smog is not expected to be nearly as bad as it was in June.
On Wednesday night, smoke was visible and partially obscured the city’s skyline.
Friday air quality is excellent in PA, NJ, DE. Maps show where Canadian wildfire smoke is moving
Some fog may linger in the morning hours, but conditions will improve by Friday afternoon.
Where to get a free KN95 mask in Philadelphia to deal with the smog
The city is offering free KN95 masks Thursday at four of its five resource centers — as well as at Philadelphia police and fire stations.
The Enon Resource Center is closed this week and will not be offering masks.
Philadelphia closes public pools due to poor air quality
Summer camps in the city are moving indoors today, and Philadelphia public pools are closed.
What to do in the air quality index is red
Under AThe air is considered unhealthy for the general public and residents are urged to limit their time outdoors and avoid strenuous activities.
It may be okay to go for a walk, but it is not the best day for a long trip. Reducing the amount of time you spend outdoors is recommended.
If you have a mild headache or respiratory symptoms, go inside.
Sensitive groups – such as the elderly, children and those with respiratory problems – are most likely to be affected by these air alerts, and in code red areas, these groups should avoid time outdoors altogether.
Under a coat of orange, those sensitive groups can still feel the effects but not the general public.
Wearing a mask is also recommended, and if necessary, sensitive groups should take extra precautions.Feeling the effects of smoking can help.
Why is this happening? Where else in the country is affected by smoke from Canadian wildfires?
All of this comes as Canada is facing its worst wildfire season in nearly 30 years.. Our region has suffered the most from fires burning in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario – smoke has traveled hundreds of miles into the air and descended to surface level.
Nearly 3,000 fires have burned more than 19 million acres of forest in Canada since the start of 2023.
Air quality in Pittsburgh and other areas in western and west-central Pennsylvania was “very unhealthy” Thursday morning, according to Airnow.gov.