Smoke from Canadian wildfires has reached as far south as Florida, engulfing Miami and causing smog that has resulted in some of the unhealthiest air conditions in the US on Tuesday.
The smoke has spread across much of the Sunshine State, affecting areas from downtown West Palm Beach to downtown Miami, leading to hazy conditions and decreased air quality.
South Florida has been particularly impacted, as air quality has been classified as ‘unhealthy.’ The fine smoke particles can have detrimental effects on health, penetrating deep into the lungs or entering the bloodstream.
The smoky conditions in South Florida are the result of Canadian wildfire smoke that has spread south through the atmosphere, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
The hazy skies are expected to persist for at least a few days, likely through Wednesday, according to meteorologists.
Smoke from Canadian wildfires has reached Florida. PICTURED: Hazy skies over Miami
The McDougall Creek wildfire burns in British Columbia, Canada, on August 17, 2023
New York City was engulfed in smoke from Canadian wildfires over the summer. Pictured above, a person wearing a face mask in the haze that covered NYC in June
Nearly the entire state of Florida experienced deteriorating air quality conditions on Tuesday, with some regions falling into the moderate to unhealthy range on the US Air Quality Index, as reported by AirNow.
‘Your chances of being affected by particles increase the more strenuous your activity and the longer you are active outdoors,’ according to an EPA informational brochure on particle pollution.
The effects of the wildfire smoke can be seen in states along the southeastern US and Gulf coast, but Florida is the only state with areas in the red, indicating unhealthy air quality, according to the AirNow map.
Palm Beach County, western Broward County, Pompano Beach to Oakland Park, and parts of Fort Lauderdale into northern Miami-Dade County have all been affected, with air quality ranging from unhealthy for sensitive groups to outright unhealthy.
Wildfire smoke poses a range of health risks, from eye and respiratory irritation to more severe conditions, including reduced lung function and exacerbation of pre-existing respiratory and heart conditions.
They also harm the environment by settling on land or water, impacting ecosystems and nutrient balances.
To protect against the poor air quality, health officials advise people, especially children, teens, older adults, and those with heart or lung conditions, to minimize outdoor activities and avoid strenuous exercise outside.
Reducing time spent outdoors and opting for walking instead of running can help limit exposure.
Without rainfall to clear the air, smoke can get trapped near the surface leading to fog development, according to weather services.
Additionally, smoke from Canadian wildfires reached New York City once again Monday, bringing hazy conditions and reduced air quality in the region.
Officials had warned residents Sunday to expect hazy conditions come sunrise, citing northern winds set to bring several plumes smoke back into the region.
Mayor Eric Adams sounded the alarm over the weekend after forecasts suggested wildfire smog could reach the city by sunrise Monday, which could cause noticeably hazy skies.
The smog was expected to remain above the surface, forecasters further warned – resulting in a distinct, visible haze similar to one New Yorkers saw in June.
The air quality levels were expected to reach well into the ‘moderate’ category.
Pictured: wildfire smoke engulfing a forest in the northern zone of Canada’s Quebec Province
Along with the New York City region, many more cities were ranked in the orange category, including Albany, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Greater New Castle County, DE, and Yosemite National Park, CA
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoke inhalation can cause a host of health effects, including headaches, sinus issues, trouble breathing, tiredness, and asthma attacks
Coming from the country’s air quality index, a measure of 0-50 is commonly accepted as good, while anything above 100 is widely considered unhealthy.
Last week, a pilot abandoned a flight heading to Shetland, Scotland, after detecting a burning smell – which turned out to be smoke from a Canadian wildfire 1,300 miles away.
The Loganair flight for Sumburgh Airport turned back to Aberdeen after the suspicious smell filled the cabin.
Another pilot declared an emergency as they came in to land at the Shetland airport and also reported smelling smoke during the journey on Thursday.
New York City was hit by Canadian wildfire smoke in July as smog stretched as far south as Georgia.
Wildfire smoke shrouded the city for the second time in July as tens of millions of people across the eastern seaboard were exposed to potentially dangerous air.
The New York City region was listed among the top 10 cities with the most polluted air, due to plumes of smoke moving eastwards from record-breaking fires still tearing through Canada.
Some 235 wildfires began burning in Canada in just seven days in July, adding to 1,183 blazes which have destroyed 3,986 square kilometers of the country since April 1 this year.
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