Sunday saw a little worsening of the air quality around New York City as smoke from raging Canadian wildfires once more flowed through the city.
After two days of “good” and “moderate” air quality, the Air Quality Index climbed to 110 in the late afternoon, declaring the air harmful for sensitive populations.
The National Weather Service tweeted, “While a rise in smoke concentrations above will allow for some haze through Sunday, levels will stay considerably below earlier in the week, with minimal influence at the surface.
According to meteorologists, Sunday’s weather was generally similar to that of Friday’s and Saturday’s brighter skies.
According to Scott Homan, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, “just a few locations are up to levels [that are] dangerous for sensitive individuals.
“Overall, things have greatly improved.”
Earlier in the week, when there had been three days of unsafe air, several outdoor events had been postponed throughout the five boroughs.
Numerous ground stops occurred at LaGuardia Airport, and the orange sky made passengers feel apprehensive both inside and outside.
The weekend events, including the Governors Ball music festival, may have continued as scheduled if they hadn’t been prematurely postponed, but the clouds cleared by Friday afternoon.
The air quality index was 48 on Friday (good), and it increased to 94 on Saturday (moderate).
Although atmospheric wind patterns helped the smoke dissipate, the Canadian wildfires that were the root of the issue raged all weekend.
On Sunday, exhausted firefighters worked to put out fires in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
In addition, fresh fires broke out in western Canada, specifically in Alberta and British Columbia.
Those flames, meanwhile, were not anticipated to have an immediate effect on New York.
Forecasters anticipated that the city’s air quality would improve over the week and did not anticipate that the hazardous air witnessed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday would return any time soon.