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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 31: A general view of the Charlotte skyline after the Democratic National Convention Committee Unveiling Stage for the DNC at Time Warner Cable Arena on August 31, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you are a high risk individual, you may want to limit your time outside Thursday. Charlotte, and much of North Carolina, is currently under an air quality alert.

A code orange air quality alert is in effect for most of North Carolina due to smoke and haze in the atmosphere. The smoke and haze is a side effect of the wildfires that are burning in Canada, and the western part of the country.

The haze is expected to hang around for a day of two, so if you have any respiratory issues, experts are cautioning to limit your time outdoors, especially in the afternoon hours. Honestly, with the temperatures being up in the 90s, my plan was already to stay inside.

As a result of the air quality, you can also expect sunrises and sunsets to have more of a fiery look to them with lower visibility across the horizon in general.

Just take a look at this photo for a visual representation:




It is so sad to see the destruction of the wildfires.

Stay safe out there!