Chicago residents awoke Tuesday to the worst air quality in the world, weeks after wildfire smoke from flames raging in Canada covered most of the East Coast in a hazy, orange sky and dangerous air quality.
As people traveled to work in Chicago early on Tuesday morning, thick smoke obscured the sky, reducing vision and filling the air with a slight burning scent.
According to the tracker AirNow.gov, unhealthy levels of smoke-related pollutants have expanded over portions of the Great Lakes Region around Chicago, including the majority of Wisconsin and portions of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
More smoke is currently moving toward New Yorkers. Governor Kathy Hochul issued a warning that on Wednesday and Thursday, dangerous air quality levels are predicted in several areas of western and central New York as well as the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.
This implies that anybody in a vulnerable category, such as small children, senior citizens, or those suffering from heart and lung illness, should refrain from engaging in any physical activity outside and that everyone else should minimize their outdoor activity.