Spokane’s current air quality: Unhealthy for sensitive groups

Spokane’s current air quality: Unhealthy for sensitive groups
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Smoke rolled into parts of the Inland Northwest Monday. 

Spokane once again woke up to unhealthy air Thursday.

As of 3:35 a.m., the Air Quality Index was 153. Anything from 150-200 is considered unhealthy for everyone to breathe by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

At 10:35 a.m., the air quality improved slightly to an index of 142, which is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Find the most current air quality here.

By noon, the air quality landed right on the 100 mark, meaning moderate air quality.

Wildfire smoke from the Williams Flats Fire is what’s causing the air quality issues. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s Thursday with triple digits across the region once again.

A heat advisory is now in effect until 8:00 p.m. Thursday. A Fire Weather Watch will go into effect late Thursday night and continue through Saturday Evening.

The National Weather Service also issued an Air Quality Alert and a Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Tuesday was the hottest day of the season so far. We reached 97° in Spokane, which is more than 10 degrees above average.

Much cooler weather will arrive this weekend, as well as a chance for showers and thunderstorms.

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