The Manhattan Bridge with orange skies behind it from Canadian wildfire smoke.

Air Quality Health Advisory in Effect

An Air Quality Health Advisory is in effect until Thursday, 6/8.


Air Quality Health Advisory until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 6/8

Smoke traveling south from the current wildfires along the Canadian border has significantly impacted air quality in NYC and the Northeast. As a result, The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory citywide, which has been extended until 11:59 PM on Thursday, 6/8.

The latest smoke models show further deterioration into the early afternoon today, 6/7, through tomorrow morning, 6/8. Poor air quality may linger through the weekend as the air remains relatively stagnant. An approaching frontal complex may eventually shift winds to the west and southwest on Sunday, however a complete change in air mass does not occur until possibly Tuesday.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC Emergency Management suggest the following tips to stay safe:

  • Limit outdoor activity as much as possible.
  • If using an air conditioner, be sure to close the fresh air intake to prevent outdoor air from entering your home.
  • If you are sensitive to poor air quality, consider wearing a high-quality mask while outdoors.

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