Air Quality Updates

Air Quality Update as of 9/8/2023 @ 10:00am

Forecast Discussion:

9/8 – Low pressure will begin to push in from the west today, bringing persistent southerly winds and the chance for showers/thunderstorms to the region. However, any breaks in cloud cover will allow ozone levels to linger in the moderate category along the I-95 corridor and regions north, with the chance for isolated Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) levels in northern portions of the state. Additionally, levels of fine particulate will remain in the moderate category along the I-95 corridor.

9/9 – Relief from hot temperatures and elevated ozone levels can be expected Saturday as low pressure continues to impact the region, resulting in mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers/thunderstorms. Air quality will return to the good category statewide as a result.

9/10 – Air quality is forecast to remain in the good category statewide as unsettled weather continues throughout the weekend, resulting in persistent onshore winds, cloudy skies, and scattered showers/thunderstorms.

9/11 – Seasonable temperatures and the chance for precipitation will help to keep air quality in the good category across New Jersey.If you are unusually sensitive to particle pollution, consider reducing your activity level or shortening the amount of time you are active outdoors.

People with heart or lung disease, asthma, older adults, children, and teens – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Keep outdoor activities short.
Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

Everyone else – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:
Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.
Be active outdoors when air quality is better.

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH when air quality is poor! 

Poor air quality is especially hazardous for sensitive populations, such as kids, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses and heart conditions. 

• Stay indoors whenever possible 

• Individuals with respiratory diseases should follow their doctor’s advice about their respiratory management plan 

• Monitor for symptoms such as trouble breathing, nausea, and dizziness and seek medical attention as soon as possible.