Florida’s Haze Diminishing on Wednesday, Remaining Areas with Poor Air Quality Has the smoke lingering from the Canadian wildfires, which painted Florida skies and turned the sun into a moon-like orb, finally dissipated today? The answer remains uncertain.
On Tuesday, smoke from wildfires in Quebec, Canada, situated south of Hudson Bay, enveloped Florida, creating hazardous and unhealthy air quality conditions throughout the state, as reported by the National Weather Service in Melbourne. However, the situation has shown signs of improvement on Wednesday.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow.gov site, Air Quality Index (AQI) levels below 100 are deemed moderately safe for humans. Jacksonville and the east-central part of Florida recorded AQIs in the 150s on Tuesday morning, and by the afternoon, Volusia and Palm Beach counties measured AQIs in the 160s. An AQI exceeding 150 is considered unhealthy, even for individuals without respiratory or cardiovascular issues.
As of Wednesday morning, poor air quality was only observed in the western part of the Panhandle and a narrow strip extending from Brevard-Palm Beach counties to Manatee County, with an AQI of 133 in Bonifay and 127 in Panama City Beach.
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